My little mailbox

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Project by hairy posted 11-17-2016 07:19 PM 838 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my version of the popular post office bank. I got the P.O. box door and the brass slot from ebay. It is a bandsaw box. I cut it from one 24” x 30” x 1/2” sheet of baltic birch plywood. The decals I d/l’ed from the internet and printed onto adhesive shipping label paper.

I did all the machining to the box body before cutting out the inside. My drillpress table was great for this. I used forstner bits to hollow out a space for the door, and also the coin slot.

My dad was a mailman. This gave me time to think about him.

6” x 6” x 12” Acrylic paint and Mohawk Dead Flat lacquer spray.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#1 posted 11-17-2016 09:06 PM

You did a great job on this. Really cool having the P.O. box door hidden behind the mail box door.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 11-18-2016 12:57 AM

I like the bandsaw box approach that gave you the room to fill it the top part of the bank. Mine are solid wood across the top, planed and sanded to the right shape.
I’m making some today, three medium sized built, and I have three small sized boxes in clamps. I cleaned the doors with a 50/50 of ammonia and coke and it worked incredibly. I found that recipe here on lumberjocks. I also sprayed them with lacquer to keep the shinny on them.

two of the medium in the foreground (sapale and ash). I took the doors off to clean and lacquer them. Three small boxes in the background, I think they are Eucalyptus.

most of the six small and 6 medium doors cleaned and shinny.

-- Jack

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#3 posted 11-18-2016 01:10 AM

What a great piece, thank you for sharing. I love the old mail boxes. They just look wonderful

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 11-18-2016 06:34 AM

Great work Hairy…..very authentic….I remember posting letters from those Blue Mail Boxes when I was in America.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#5 posted 11-18-2016 01:34 PM

You did a super job on this. Very creative! I too am in the process of making three from doors I bought at a junk sale. Mine are going to be “boxed” in walnut.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#6 posted 11-18-2016 01:59 PM

Very authentic look and I like this bright blue colour too. Smart way of making interior.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 11-18-2016 04:16 PM

rain .. snow .. sleet .. hail ..wind ….....LMAO ….... GRAT JOB

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#8 posted 11-18-2016 11:56 PM

Great looking mailbox!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#9 posted 11-28-2016 07:09 PM

Always enjoy your projects Hairy.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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