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Project by William posted 06-04-2012 12:49 AM 1925 views 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My mailbox started out with me simply wanting to make a nice sign for each side with our family name and street address. I done that though and all it done was make my old plastic mailbox look even plainer than it did to start with. So I bounced around several ideas for a nicer, more personalized mailbox. I had settled on making the mailbox into a truck. Before I could start on that though, my wife came into the shop with a new idea. She wanted a unicorn on the mailbox. Oh well, as I always say, we have to keep Mama happy because, when Mama aint happy, aint nobody happy.

I used the same post my old box was on. I just painted it hunter green. Next, I started to make a wooden mailbox. I had another thought though and consulted the Post Office. I was allowed to do what I wanted, but the actual box had to be a postmaster approved regulation mailbox. So I encased all but the front of a regular mailbox into a wooden box. Then I made a unicorn head for the top of it.

The letter on the sign are routed with a palm router. Then the recessed letters are painted with exterior black paint.
The wooden box and unicorn head is made of cottonwood.
The round base for the head that sits on top is oak.
The horn is sicamore.
The hair is pine and mahogany.
The eyes and nose is mahogany and walnut.
Then everything is finished with five coats of Hellsman Spar Urethane.

In case anyone is wondering about the flag,

The front of the wooden box has a slot in it.

This allows the flag to be raised.

Also, I still like my truck idea for a mailbox. I went today and bought two more mailboxes. I now plan to make the truck and another idea I had for a mailbox while I was at the store. I hope to start on these soon. Someone will want them.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/





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#1 posted 06-04-2012 01:12 AM

Very cool William

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#2 posted 06-04-2012 01:21 AM

You will have all the postmen talking about your box. I like it a lot. I really like the way the flag works. NICE!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#3 posted 06-04-2012 01:35 AM

Looks great.
Since unicorns are “magical”, does it keep the bills from ever arriving???

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 06-04-2012 01:43 AM

There must be a princess livin in that castle to have such an amazing mail box

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#5 posted 06-04-2012 01:56 AM

William i’ll have to agree with Mrs. William on this one its a eye catcher, like the way you did it with the different woods.looks great.

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#6 posted 06-04-2012 02:01 AM

Nice William, Mama should be happy about that one…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#7 posted 06-04-2012 02:13 AM

great idea (mrs day) and build william

even when guests can’t read
everyone will see the unicorn

hope to see the others soon

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 06-04-2012 03:02 AM

Hey William, your mailbox is bloody fantastic. I”m pretty sure you will have a deluge of orders from your neighborhood all wanting one, clever advertising. :-) Put the mail carrier on commission for orders out of your neighborhood

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#9 posted 06-04-2012 03:52 AM

That is really cool William! It would never survive in my neighborhood, teens with bats late at night and all:(.

Great Work! I particularly like the main!

Your Friend,

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#10 posted 06-04-2012 04:52 AM

Now that is what I call a mail box :)

-- --- Richard Jackson

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#11 posted 06-04-2012 06:23 AM

That is neat

I think Mama was a happy Mama

I think that they would sell well.

jamie

-- 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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#12 posted 06-04-2012 11:30 AM

WOW- That is REALLY nice! Great job!

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William

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#13 posted 06-04-2012 11:50 AM

Thank you all very much.

I am happy with the mailbox. I liked several of my other ideas as well though.
I think my best idea was a cannon.
I wanted to build a cannon with the end of the barrel being a mailbox.
Maybe install a camera and a way to expell items using air. That way I could see when the mail person put bills in there and shoot them back at her.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#14 posted 06-04-2012 12:53 PM

Looks great!

I wander how long it will be b4 you get your first “free newspaper” delivered with it’s plastic bag stuck over the horn :^)

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#15 posted 06-04-2012 03:58 PM

Great job William, how long will the unicorn mail box keep mamma happy? That’s the question :)

-- 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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