A Mail Dominated Household

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Project by doorslammer posted 12-26-2010 02:34 AM 2256 views 23 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I don’t know about your house, but at mine the mail seemed to always be something that landed somewhere on the kitchen counter when it was brought in. My favorite place was on the end of the kitchen bar, but inevitably, wifey would not see something (despite it being right on the counter!) and would get a little upset. Admittedly, one pile sometimes multiplied into several. So I figured I could build some sort of desktop mail organizer where everything can flow into and out of each month and I can keep checkbooks, stamps, and other important items.

I used some cherry that I milled up on my bandsaw earlier this year from a log I cut on my property. This was my first attempt at drying lumber, so I figured I’d use it on a personal project just in case it decided to freak out on me. The drawer fronts are some maple burl veneers I had on hand and I made the pulls from some walnut scraps. I’d say it’s been put to good use so far and the counter has been clear.

-- Aaron in TN -

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#1 posted 12-26-2010 04:11 AM

Excellent piece, very well executed design! I like the raised panel back.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 12-26-2010 07:21 AM

Nice looking organizer, very elegant.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 12-26-2010 02:16 PM

Aaron, very nice project. Could share some dimensions and also how you created the pulls? Thanks Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#4 posted 12-26-2010 02:18 PM

Wow, that’s a brilliant idea and very nicely done.

Something like that might keep my wife from spreading the mail over any horizontal surface in range…nah.

-- --- Wayne.

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#5 posted 12-26-2010 03:31 PM

Dimensions are about 12 in wide x 10 in high x 10 in deep. The pulls started out as a piece of scrap about 3/8” thick and 3/4” wide and I just used my oscillating spindle sander with a small spindle to carve out the top and bottom surface and round off the front. Then I just formed a small tennon on the TS and cut it free from the larger piece of stock.

-- Aaron in TN -

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#6 posted 12-26-2010 04:18 PM


very nice work especially with the pulls and the back (thanks for pointing that out Ole). they really set the piece apart from others.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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Jamie Speirs

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#7 posted 12-26-2010 04:40 PM

That is soo nice.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#8 posted 12-26-2010 05:57 PM

This is beautifully done!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#9 posted 01-26-2011 09:55 PM

Very beautiful blend of woods and precision. I love your use of the veneer.

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