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Project by jeffswildwood posted 12-04-2016 01:36 AM 951 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally finished my (first) post office box door project. Turned out to be a fun project to do. I like the way it came out but I had a lot of learning experiences along the way. And yes there were some woops moments involved. As I said this one is my first, made for me, and I plan on doing two more as gifts for my sons so this one got the learning curve. I’m not going to go into the errors but I will give advice to anyone building one, do not drop the door! I did and spent hours straightening it out. I plan on keeping my old coins and foreign money I gathered during my military days in it. That’s why I opted for no slot on top. Not a bank but a safe.

Made from a 1964 post office door. The wood is walnut I recently acquired from the saw mill. The banding is silver maple. Which came from a tree which fell in my yard about a year ago. The finish is danish oil. The door was cleaned up with a 50-50 mix of ammonia and coke. It works great! Thanks all for looking!

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





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luv2learn

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#1 posted 12-04-2016 02:35 AM

Nicely done Jeff. These will make awesome gifts.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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doubleDD

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#2 posted 12-04-2016 04:45 AM

I like it a lot Jeff. The two tone walnut really goes with the door along with the framing.
I know what you mean about dropping. I didn’t drop any but they are easy to bend.

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

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majuvla

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#3 posted 12-04-2016 04:51 AM

Beautiful box and idea for someones gift- on my wish list for some time. Unfortunately those safe doors are not available in our country.E-bay is my only option.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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CFrye

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#4 posted 12-04-2016 05:07 AM

Looks great, Jeff! I really like the sap wood streaks in the walnut.

-- God bless, Candy

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Mark Wilson

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#5 posted 12-04-2016 07:00 AM

Very nice, Jeff.
So, I’m looking at this and thinking about the one that I made that I mentioned to you before. I’m thinking, “I wonder if he wrote down the combination and locked it inside.” That’s when it occurred to me that I’ve forgotten the combination to mine. And, no, it’s not locked inside. The door’s open. I don’t remember where I put the little slip of paper.

-- Mark

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woodshaver Tony C

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#6 posted 12-04-2016 11:17 AM

Great gift idea! Nicely done Jeff! I like the way you worked with the grain in the walnut

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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jeffswildwood

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#7 posted 12-04-2016 01:16 PM

Thanks for all the comments everyone, I appreciate them.

Lee, I have been questioning them as I built this one and I hope they like theirs. I think they will.

Dave, thanks for your tips from your beautiful build. they really helped. Yes, that metal is really soft and I plan on being more careful.

Ivan, If I make more in the future, that is where I will get more doors. Most are really reasonable.

Candy, I was concerned about the streaks at first but like the way it blends.

Mark, if the door is open it’s easy to find the combination. Just watch the slots on the wheels. If it’s locked drill a small hole in the bottom or back and you can slide the bar over by the screw on it. Another tip I learned from Dave. The hole can be filled or left for future loss of combo moments. I watched videos about changing the combo to something easy to remember such as initials but have not tried it yet.

Tony, thanks. This was made from the end of the board,, the next two have very little white on them. I thought I saved the best part of the board for my sons boxes but maybe this would have worked also.

Thanks everyone for looking and the nice comments!

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

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Vicki

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#8 posted 12-04-2016 04:08 PM

You did a fantastic job. What a cool project.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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jeffswildwood

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#9 posted 12-04-2016 05:34 PM

Thanks Vicki, I enjoyed doing this. Best part is it’s something new for me.

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

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HokieKen

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#10 posted 12-04-2016 05:39 PM

Awrsome work Jeff! Very unique.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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jeffswildwood

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#11 posted 12-04-2016 08:47 PM

Thanks Ken, I appreciate it. Like I said, these are fun to build!

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

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JCinVA

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#12 posted 12-10-2016 09:38 AM

Very nice project and I like your intended use. Using your own wood is a nice touch too. Looking forward to the next two.

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Peteybadboy

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#13 posted 12-10-2016 11:34 AM

I have a few doors some place, bought 20+ years ago. I have to find them. Nice project!

-- Petey

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