Last-Touch Dodecagonal (12-sided) Mailbox

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Project by DeLayne Peck posted 09-08-2018 09:40 PM 1675 views 7 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A black, rusty ‘60s mailbox – that was all that remained untouched after a 3-year renovation of the front porch of our Craftsman home. Damned if it was going back up. Not after personally tearing down the old 10’ x 40’ porch. Not after laying flooring. Not after rebuilding 10 columns and creating 37’ of railing from scratch.

I needed a last touch, a centerpiece by the front door for all that work. The design had to echo and complement the Craftsmen style of the rebuilt porch.

The cylinder is formed from 12, 14” x 2 1/2” strips beveled at 15 degrees. It was cut in two above the center line to form a deeper well for mail and shallow lid. A finger ring was dadoed in. The plaque is 12” W x 24”L. The length of the support arm and placement of the lid prop were determined by experimentation

The mailbox is red oak, finished in Minwax red oak stain with three coats of Minwax satin poly.

Oh, that there dodecagonal bit? I ain’t that smart. I had to look her up on the Internet. And the next time someone asks, “How are you?” Tell ‘em you’re feeling, “Just dodecagonal.”

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#1 posted 09-08-2018 11:44 PM

I didn’t look up dodecadonal ‘yet ’ but after ogling this outstanding project I can say with certainty that I feel inadequate.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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DeLayne Peck

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#2 posted 09-08-2018 11:52 PM

Dick, recycle1943, I looked at your projects. They are wonderful. I appreciate the compliment from an outstandingly talented woodworker. Thanks, 1946.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#3 posted 09-09-2018 12:16 AM

This old math teacher knew what it was from the start. Well done. I like the finish and the rosette at top. In my limited knowledge of the craftsman style this should complement your house.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#4 posted 09-09-2018 01:22 AM

This is a really great build, very impressive. The design is beautiful, very much in line with your desired Craftsman style.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 09-09-2018 02:27 AM

A very good looking mailbox. Very nicely done, and it should last a good long while.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#6 posted 09-09-2018 03:12 AM

Possibly the coolest mailbox I have seen. Definitely the coolest Ho Made mailbox I have ever seen. Nice job

Thanks for sharing, and Congrats on your 3.

Dodecagonal. Heck just try to say it 3 times really fast, you’ll break something.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#7 posted 09-09-2018 03:13 AM

Great looking mailbox DLP.

But on your front porch? I’m lucky to have my postie throw things over the fence.. and occasionally he actually gets the right fence… my fence!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#8 posted 09-09-2018 03:38 AM

Very Hice Indeed & Well Done DLP

-- It is not necessary for Some People to turn OFF the LIGHT to be in the DARK! (Ontario, CANADA)

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#9 posted 09-09-2018 10:45 AM

May it be filled with good mail.

-- MrLaughingbrook

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#10 posted 09-09-2018 11:07 AM

This is beautiful, I’m sure your mailman sees nothing else like it on his adventures every day!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#11 posted 09-09-2018 11:11 AM

Wow! That’s quite awesome! Beautiful and unique build up.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 09-09-2018 11:40 AM

WOW! don’t see these everyday :-) ..what a treat to see this, this morning. Grand Job!

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#13 posted 09-09-2018 01:23 PM

this is a super cool looking mailbox much better then them ugly black metal or even plastic ones … GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

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

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#14 posted 09-09-2018 02:02 PM

very cool.

-- Two is One, One is None

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#15 posted 09-09-2018 05:17 PM

Exceptionally nice work brother.
Thank you for sharing your talent with the rest of us.

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