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Project by jeffswildwood posted 02-04-2018 12:02 AM 1058 views 2 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Neither rain nor snow or gloom of night. This is a project I have wanted to try for quite a while. A post office door mail truck. I received five of the small doors for Christmas and had some time so I went for it. First thing I did was download the free plans from Rockler (for $1.00). I found out that the plans called for 3/8th stock. I had none and can’t get my planer out to make some, but I did have 1/4. So I changed the plans. Sometimes that can be a bad thing but I made it work. First I changed the sides. Instead of the rounded opening, I made a few cuts to make an open door. To make up for the loss of wood I added a firewall. This gave me a place for the steering wheel and a place to add two brass rods for support. The steering wheel was made on my lathe. First attempt at this. Next with no actual headlights I used two plugs and placed them in the grill (radiator) and also on the rear for tail lights. I doubled the inside with more 1/4 inch to give me some glue area for the top and bottom. I also added some metal I had for the grill instead of screen used in the plans. My toughest part was the wheels. I like how they came out but I do have some practice to do to get better at them.

It’s made from poplar and pine and sealed with a 50/50 mix of danish oil and polyurethane 5 coats and three coats of wax. I have gained a new respect for all you toy builders, car, truck and equipment. Working with detailed small parts is not easy! As always, thanks for looking!

Photography was done by my Son. He is so good!

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





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#1 posted 02-04-2018 12:44 AM

That’s really clever! I like this one a lot.

Great job!

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#2 posted 02-04-2018 12:52 AM

Very nice. You are the master. Most folks do not understand the time and precision which goes into a project like this. I made a small three car train for my wife and it seemed to take forever to make all those small parts. Congrats you killed this one.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#3 posted 02-04-2018 01:00 AM

Sweet ride Jeff…..

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#4 posted 02-04-2018 01:02 AM

Thanks guys, I had a lot of fun doing this one. I’ve made many PO box banks but this one really gave me a challenge. Even with a set of plans to go by, (sort of).

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

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#5 posted 02-04-2018 01:10 AM

Very cool Jeff!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#6 posted 02-04-2018 01:16 AM

Very cute project!!!

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#7 posted 02-04-2018 01:31 AM

I think you need to make some snow tires for it, Jeff. Or maybe just chains. ;-)

Well done, buddy! That’s some very nice work.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#8 posted 02-04-2018 01:35 AM

Thanks for the comments guys. Dave, I may need those chains. htl, thanks, I have looked at your building blogs and they are awesome. Your models are truly amazing.

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

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#9 posted 02-04-2018 01:59 AM

Nicely done Jeff! Love it!

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

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#10 posted 02-04-2018 02:33 AM

Neat! reminds me of way in the past when the post office delivery could actually be depended on!

Now you can set your calendar by them; if it is a “no-mail” day they will without any doubt; not show up! Our delivery time varies about 4-5 hours from time to time and sometimes they even get the right mail in the right box!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#11 posted 02-04-2018 03:13 AM

Very nice work

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#12 posted 02-04-2018 03:27 AM

I remember this vehicle!
When I first arrived in the U.S. we lived on a farm and a mail truck, very similar to this one, delivered the mail. Didn’t last very long because they replaced them with cars.

This one brings back a lot of memories, thanks for sharing your work!

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#13 posted 02-04-2018 04:04 AM

WOW Jeff they turned out great ….i really do love them …you did a really nice job …love the grill ..and the pictures are top notch your son really has the knack for that …GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

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

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#14 posted 02-04-2018 04:16 AM

I guess the mail will get delivered after all. Over the top on this Jeff. Well done.

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

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#15 posted 02-04-2018 06:14 AM

This is so adorable! Even in natural surrounding. Great project and photo.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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