Greene & Greene Mailbox

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Project by JamesVavra posted 05-15-2012 12:30 AM 4424 views 33 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My old mailbox was a crappy, 1980’s, shiny, brass piece of junk. It was vertically oriented and had a small top opening, so it was difficult to find anything inside that wasn’t extra long.

The new one is curly big leaf maple with Gaboon ebony accents. The center panel is 12gauge copper wire. It’s finished with a coat of tung oil to pop the grain and then spray on lacquer.

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. Comments, questions and critiques welcomed.


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#1 posted 05-15-2012 12:35 AM

Wow that’s a really unique mail box good job

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#2 posted 05-15-2012 12:36 AM

Sweet! I love me some g & g.

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#3 posted 05-15-2012 12:59 AM

just one comment…


that’s some amazing maple you found for that project!
I hope the elements don’t wreck it on you

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#4 posted 05-15-2012 01:26 AM

Always a fan of G & G. Great design, turned out nice.

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#5 posted 05-15-2012 01:29 AM

Very cool design and nicely executed. Thanks for sharing.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 05-15-2012 02:27 AM

I like this very much. How did you do the hinges or what kind of hinges did you use?

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#7 posted 05-15-2012 02:49 AM

Wow! I like that a lot except for the wire. Any chance of a stained glass panel in there instead?


-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs.

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#8 posted 05-15-2012 03:32 AM

James, that mailbox is soooooo cool. You’ve come up with a fantastic design and it is very well executed. I hope you don’t mind if I use that wire idea for a box lid. :)

Did you get your other box done with the veneered walnut burl center panel?

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#9 posted 05-15-2012 03:35 AM

That is a great idea very well executed I never thought of making a mailbox.

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#10 posted 05-15-2012 05:37 AM

That is really nice! I love the choice of woods. Very creative design—well done.

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#11 posted 05-15-2012 12:30 PM

Thanks for the comments all.

@molan – It’s under a covered porch; still, I’m a little nervous about it being outside.
@toxic – They’re Soss hidden barrel hinges
@rmac – stained glass would be more style appropriate. However, I actually had the idea for the center panel long before I decided to go with a G&G style for the box. So I’d actually change the box before the panel. But the house is a craftsman bungalow, so I think it’s a happy medium.
@rance – It was surprisingly easy to make that panel – PM me when you get to your version and I’ll give you my notes. I finished that box but I ended up using a different veneered panel. I loved the walnut burl, but it didn’t match the stock I have for the carcass very well. I still have it waiting for a project.

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#12 posted 05-15-2012 12:41 PM

Building a mailbox is a great idea. You did a fantastic job. Your neighbors will want one too.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#13 posted 05-15-2012 01:08 PM

Looks nice. I like the wire.

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#14 posted 05-15-2012 01:29 PM

I can’t remember the last time someone posted a mailbox project. Now that’s using the ol noggin. If your postal carrier lingers around your front door making oooooo, ahhhh sounds, we’ll know why.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#15 posted 05-15-2012 02:41 PM

I have never seen something like this. The best mail box ever.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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