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Project by jeffswildwood posted 04-17-2017 01:21 PM 954 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are two post office door banks I recently finished. Not the first time I have made these but so much different!. First, in the past I already had some planed and ready wood. Time to try something new. After acquiring a new toy, a DeWalt planer, (love it) and a half truck load of old barn/house lumber given to me by my nephew I went to work on these:

As each board passed through the planer I became more and more excited with what I found. I uncovered a beautiful board of some dark walnut and another of some gummy cherry. (Thanks to my LJ friends for help identifying it).

I then went to work on the boxes. The walnut was a joy to work with, cut nice and almost jumped together. Then came the cherry. It became one of those projects that just fights all the way through. First it is hard. Miters gave me a fight, assembly gave me a fight even the slot was tough. In the end I won and got it together and had two beautiful banks in two different styles!

This is the first time I build a project from raw wood to finished product. I really liked doing it this way and was definitely a learning experience. Both are coated with danish oil, two coats and the door cleaned with a mixture of ammonia and coke. Thanks for looking!

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





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HokieKen

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#1 posted 04-17-2017 01:30 PM

Those are awesome Jeff! That cherry really has some beautiful grain in it.

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

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#2 posted 04-17-2017 01:35 PM

Now you can focuse to another details, since planer issue is solved.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 04-17-2017 01:37 PM

Beautifully done, Jeff. I can’t decide which one I like best!

-- God bless, Candy

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jeffswildwood

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#4 posted 04-17-2017 01:47 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone, I too can’t decide which I like best either. This was also the first time I tried grain matching, so the grain flows around the sides. Thanks for looking and the nice comments!

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

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#5 posted 04-17-2017 04:10 PM

Neatly done and I always like the idea of using salvage woods.

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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#6 posted 04-17-2017 04:24 PM

You have gained experience in turning raw wood into a well crafted finished product. Nicely done Jeff.

-- 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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#7 posted 04-17-2017 05:16 PM

Cool Jeff, and recycling your own wood makes it even better. Next you will be re sawing logs for timber.

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

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jeffswildwood

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#8 posted 04-17-2017 05:29 PM

Thanks everyone. I do like reusing this old wood. Something headed for the burn pile that can live again. Dave, I have had that on my mind, just to see what it looks like. Thanks again for looking!

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

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WorkBenchInk

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#9 posted 04-17-2017 10:57 PM

What a great job you did on these. I happen to have two old post office box doors, plus scrap cherry and walnut on hand. Might have to give it a try as well.

-- WorkBenchInk, https://workbenchink.com

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jeffswildwood

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#10 posted 04-18-2017 12:02 AM

WorkBenchInk, give it a try! It’s a fun project, just close measurements. A little advice, do a test fit and mark the screw holes, pre-drill at that point. much easier then assembly of the door after the box is built. Have fun with it!

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

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dougw181

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#11 posted 04-18-2017 04:42 AM

Those are some beautiful banks. I have been wanting to make some since I have a couple of dozen doors sitting
in a box. How exactly did you mix the ammonia and Coke to clean the doors?

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jeffswildwood

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#12 posted 04-18-2017 12:02 PM

Thanks Doug, the coke and ammonia is mixed 50-50 in a plastic container. Remove the cover over the tumblers and remove the glass and let it soak about 10-15 mins. Clean with an old toothbrush and rinse with hot water. Easy. Do this outside as the ammonia fumes can be quite strong.

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

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#13 posted 04-18-2017 12:49 PM

Thank you for the information. I will get mine cleaned up and attempt to make some banks.

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#14 posted 04-18-2017 01:57 PM

simply beautiful work on these fine looking banks …....beautiful pictures also …....I love them …..GRATZ TOP 3 …....GREAT JOB :<))

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

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#15 posted 04-19-2017 06:22 PM

Great looking pair of post office box banks! I like both the cherry and walnut boxes equally. And it’s great that you were able to save some bits of history, and that they will get passed down to the next generation!

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

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