Post Office Box Banks

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Project by WoodScrap posted 12-31-2015 01:12 AM 1790 views 8 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few years ago I purchased a few old post office box doors thinking I would like to make a bank for myself sometime. I was trying to find something to make for the kids for Christmas this year and remembered I had these. The boxes are Walnut and simple construction, easy to make. Figured if I was making one I might as well make a few more, so ended up with five. The kids, nieces and nephews loved them, and yes, I did manage to keep one for myself.

Thanks for looking.

-- Rick -Tulsa

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#1 posted 12-31-2015 01:18 AM

Me likey! Need to find some doors now

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Chuck McIntyre

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#2 posted 12-31-2015 03:54 AM


Those are really cool! I was thinking about something similar and actually looked at some of these doors on eBay. Never got around to buying them but you have planted the seed in my head again. Thanks for sharing.


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#3 posted 12-31-2015 04:11 AM

Back in the day I made about 50 of these selling at around $125 each. Lost my stock of doors in the divorce and would love to make them again. Google only show key, not combo, doors.

Nice stuff and trust me, these will sell if you market them as piggy banks.


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#4 posted 12-31-2015 04:17 AM

Very cool. I’m guessing the doors had the combinations attached.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#5 posted 12-31-2015 04:31 AM

They look great. I have made about 4 of these things and they always turn out nicely.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#6 posted 12-31-2015 06:04 AM

Great build. I’m sure those would be loved by lots of kids. Where did you find the doors and the slot cover?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#7 posted 12-31-2015 07:03 AM

Looks pretty cool! Nice motivation to save some money coins.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Arlin Eastman

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#8 posted 12-31-2015 07:37 AM

You did a good job there.

I have a friend who makes 8 to 14 a month and he even takes the doors all apart and sends them out to be completely redone. So he pays $30+ for the doors and pays another $60 to have them redone and then about $70 to $90 for the wood. All I can say is his banks are spectacular.

I really like how you do the top of the banks and I will show him your work.

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#9 posted 12-31-2015 07:45 AM

Also a top 3. Great and well done. I like them. (Never seen before such post office box doors)

BTW Now I understand you run out fo time.

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Chris Davis

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#10 posted 12-31-2015 11:37 AM

Love it!

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#11 posted 12-31-2015 01:51 PM

Nicely done. You obviously go for a finished finish.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#12 posted 12-31-2015 02:25 PM

These are a nice collection of banks and will make wonderful gifts.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 12-31-2015 03:33 PM

The combos to each door are determined by watching the mechanism as you line up the slots. With a little effort you can reset the combo but not normally to a specific number. I used to clean and refurb the doors to insure smooth operation.

One customization is to have the window etched with the recipients initials. The glass shop cut a stack of windows and I’d leave them with the etch shop. Made it easy.

Useing 3/4 stock with box joints made a hugely strong little box, esp when made of jatoba.

Love ‘em.


-- Madmark -

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#14 posted 12-31-2015 04:44 PM

Nice banks, I especially like the rounded top and the dowels.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#15 posted 12-31-2015 07:15 PM

Beautiful banks ! I initially thought the numbers were “birth-years” so you’d know who gets which one …

But that “121” threw THAT idea out the window !

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