PO Box Bank

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Project by ChrisJ posted 731 days ago 1100 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I worked on this for my niece…I had just enough wood (oak) to complete it without any mistakes and recuts. I was a little worried since mistakes and recuts are kind of my thing…I cut all my pieces to size and set up my jig to cut the box joints. After cutting one piece I realized that it wasn’t going to work for one reason or another (dull-ish router bit being first and foremost). Since I wasted that piece with a failed attempt at box joints I had to make do with another piece of oak that didn’t match. I decided to try a simple mitered box and this is how it turned out. I ended up having to edge glue a couple of chunks for the back of the bank. It worked out well. I decided to try some splines (outer in walnut, middle in purpleheart) and made another jig for that which I’m excited about using again. Instead of rounding over the corners like I had done before, I chamfered them and I think it’s a good look, one I’ll use again. It’s sanded to 220 and finished with Danish Oil.

Pics 1-4 are the completed bank (PO Box door is a garage sale find from my brother-in-law)
Pic 5 is my sketch-up of what I was shooting for (I think the completed project ended up better looking)

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#1 posted 730 days ago

I always love looking at these, I really need to order a cpl of face plates of Ebay and get on this. well done it looks great. I like the double spline action gives it more interest!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 730 days ago

nicely done.

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#3 posted 730 days ago

Really nice. where did you get the face plate for the bank have not seen one like that? Thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 730 days ago

I really like these banks. It looks nice.


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#5 posted 730 days ago

Same question as RKaste..
where did you get/obtain the top slot for the bank
I have four bank fronts that I am going to make like yours.
need help in getting top slots
Bruce AKA Abie

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#6 posted 730 days ago

It looks good. I think I like the look of the mitered corners more than the box joints too :-)

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#7 posted 730 days ago

eBay has a bunch...

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#8 posted 730 days ago

Very nice.


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#9 posted 729 days ago

Thanks for the compliments. I got the PO Box door from my brother-in-law who found it at a garage sale for cheap…he has one more, too, so I may get to build him one more. I also have 3 other doors of a different style, one for each of my kids that I’ll put in boxes, too.

I have also seen the doors on ebay. That’s where I got the brass coin slots, too.

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