Westren Red Cedar maibox

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Project by jman95 posted 08-07-2016 04:45 AM 448 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I was a kid I use to climb this tree all the time. Then I went to visit my dad one day and he head cut it down. I asked what he was doing with it and he said noithing its yours if you want it. Dont know why I took it as it was about 16 in across the base and all I had to process the wood is a chainsaw and shosmith with the 6 in band saw table saw and 4 in jointer but hey I am always up for a challange. All total with cement and the clear coat I think I am in this for ten bucks and a lot of time. I am disabled and all my joints bother me very bad so I can only do a little here and there. It took me about 3 weeks all total but like I said that was working on it a hour hear and two or three there. The pole is solid and the walls are about a in thick. I decided I wanted a wooden mail box and it would be from the cedar so I did a few searches on the web to get some ideas but the only thing I could find was boxes made to look like little houses or something and thats just not me. So I decided to do a more traditional mailbox only out of this wonderful free wood instead buying a cookie cutter box. I decided to make it more to the jumbo size box now that it is more common to order online. The whole thing is made by jointing the wood at the right angle with the jointer and glue with a couple of brads to hold tell the glue set The hinge on the door is a box joint cut a little to deep and then pined with a dowel and roundeed on the disk sander. The hinge has two wood screws that I shortand and the knod is held by glue and one screw and the flag has one screw. The rest of the box is just glue and taking by time to build. then of course I used 4 deck screws to hold the box to the pole in a hope it does not get stollen. I think it came out good and hope it might inspire you. I also made a cross grave marker with hand turned vases for my wifes Granny out of the same tree and man it came out great I will be posting it soon.

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#1 posted 08-07-2016 02:05 PM

Nice job!

I am sure if I went past something like this I would have to slow down and take a good look!

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#2 posted 08-07-2016 09:37 PM

AS a big fan of cedar & of different; I do really like it.


-- just rjR

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#3 posted 08-08-2016 12:09 AM

Well that’s a fine looking mailbox! I’ve never seen a wood one like this before, and it’s a real looker!

-- Dean

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#4 posted 08-10-2016 12:02 AM

thank you for the kind words.

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