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Project by Roger Strautman posted 03-11-2007 03:20 AM 2658 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bank with a post office mail door in it that I made for our local Post Master who was retiring. Of course I must carve on it! I chose to miter the corners instead of dovetails or finger joints because they would have fought with the designs I used. Enjoy!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#1 posted 03-11-2007 04:14 AM

you make it sound like you just whip these together in minutes.
Simply beautiful… and I love the door.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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Roger Strautman

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#2 posted 03-11-2007 04:18 AM

Most of these are older projects. As you can see I like to make the smaller kinds of woodworking projects and decorate them with my chip carving.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#3 posted 03-11-2007 05:27 AM

This bank is stellar. How did you come up with this idea?

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#4 posted 03-11-2007 05:32 AM

I have seen banks made out of these kind of doors before. I just extended the door rays with the carvings in the front.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#5 posted 03-11-2007 05:48 AM

Your carvings are truly impressive. Good case and point on the joinery.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#6 posted 03-11-2007 07:29 AM

Thats cool!

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#7 posted 03-11-2007 12:13 PM

About the joinery, Roger. I’m of the opinion that as attractive as mitered corners are, they are quite difficult to make with an accurate fit, and are inherently weak as a joint. So hats off to you for successfully using this joint, and as you and Todd have stated, you probably had no other viable option.

Are the corners splined in any way?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#8 posted 03-11-2007 12:38 PM

Don, There are no splines at the joints just glue. There is really no need for any structural type joints. After the bank was completed I did use a few micro nails, 23 gage, just as a little self assurance so if the glue would happen to fail it still would have some fasteners. Thanks for asking.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#9 posted 03-11-2007 02:14 PM

Excellent carvings! Your work is inpeckable! You have one very happy retired Post Master.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#10 posted 03-12-2007 04:02 AM

Beautiful work Carver, of course you know that. It’s nice to hear anyway. You have a very unique talent. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 05-05-2007 07:52 AM

Roger -

I love your carving! What a beautiful piece.

I am glad we have the shuffle feature!


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#12 posted 05-07-2007 02:11 PM

Do you get the dark area by staining the whole board and wiping the stain off or do you use a laminate that has a dark layer?

Males me wish I had some carving talent.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#13 posted 05-07-2007 03:40 PM

Ok, that’s it Rog. I’m not sure I would ever in a million years have the patience to do the border work that you did on this beaut. Maybe I should just stick to cutting firewood ;-)

Beautiful piece as always and as always, I am incredibly in awe of your abilities. Thanks for shuffling this gem David.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#14 posted 01-20-2008 02:35 AM

As a non carver, how long did it take you to do that? Tim

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Roger Strautman

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#15 posted 01-20-2008 02:49 AM

How long? Well Tim I can’t give you the true time but I can get close. The design process and layout was around 6-8 hours and the carving was somewhere around 4-5 hours. Thanks for your interest in my work Tim.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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