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Project by Blackie_ posted 06-06-2016 10:39 PM 847 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Middle of last month, I had a new customer that found my business page on facebook and wanted to know if I could build a box around her mid 20th century Post box door. It was a family heirloom, She showed me pictures of it and after scoping it out and doing some research I knew it would be an easy task and told her I’d be happy too. She’s in my local state and had her son that lived in my city drop it off.

I used Pecan for the enclosure. It measures 13” x 6” x 5”. I finished it with a single coat of tung oil and 3 coats of wipe on poly satin finish and then a final wipe of paste wax.

Thanks for looking

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs





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Handtooler

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#1 posted 06-06-2016 10:46 PM

Really super build! My aunt and Grandmother used one like that in a small south Mississippi town until they moved in the 1970’s guess that town still uses them with no local delivery. I also really like pecan fo my builds and have quite a stack left from a huge tree from my yard that a storm took down.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@outlook.com

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Mean_Dean

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#2 posted 06-06-2016 11:41 PM

I’ve always like this boxes, and yours is a great one! It’s great that people like you are saving these little bits of history. I’m sure she’s going to love it!

-- Dean

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DocSavage45

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#3 posted 06-07-2016 12:36 AM

Randy,

That’s some pretty nice wood. You are definitely branching out.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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trasner

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#4 posted 06-07-2016 02:41 AM

Beautiful wood and nice joints, but you may have to break the bad news to your customer that this post office door is a mid to later 20th century door (1960’s-1970’s). If you are interested, there is an illustrated guide on post office lock box doors by Jane Ingram which can sometimes be found on ebay.

-- Todd

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#5 posted 06-07-2016 03:11 AM

Nicey crafted.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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MadMark

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#6 posted 06-07-2016 03:26 AM

Two words: coin slot

Also, your dating of the door is a full century too old. They were in use until the ‘60s

M

-- Madmark - Madmark2150@yahoo.com Wiretreefarm.com

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USAwoodArt

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#7 posted 06-07-2016 04:44 AM

That’s some nice Pecan you made the box with. The post office doors really add a nice touch.
here is one I bought from a friend that makes the banks and sells them at art shows. I’m not sure of the age of it but i really like it.

-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself"

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Hawaiilad

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#8 posted 06-07-2016 09:43 AM

Very nice Randy. I was given a door by a friend asking the same question They have several doors. How did you attach the door to the box?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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Tooch

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#9 posted 06-07-2016 10:02 AM

Looks really nice Randy. the grain on that pecan is very attractive.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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Blackie_

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#10 posted 06-07-2016 10:56 AM

Thanks everyone for the great comments.

Todd & Mark, great info, truth be told the customer didn’t mention the age, I was just going by what I googled searched for, thanks for the update, I had forgotten how centuries worked so I went and educated myself, I made the changes in my OP. I’m guessing it’s classified as vintage and not antique?

Mark, the coin slot is a great idea, customer didn’t specify coin slot so I played it safe. :)

theSoutherner, a good friend of mine has that very same door still mounted to the box, he claimed it being at or around 100 years old.

Larry, the door has 4 molded screw holes in the metal that secure it to the inside.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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abie

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#11 posted 06-07-2016 02:44 PM

I’ve made several and they are not as easy as they look
Great job..

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 06-07-2016 06:11 PM

That makes a nice bank. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 06-08-2016 01:34 PM

Very nicely done Randy

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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kiefer

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#14 posted 06-08-2016 07:55 PM

Nice job Randy and she will be happy with your creation ,the pecan looks great .

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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#15 posted 06-09-2016 05:04 AM

yep!

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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