Wave Mail Holder

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Project by Mr. Paddy posted 01-04-2013 11:14 PM 2068 views 30 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a small project I designed as a bandsaw exercise, and I’m very pleased with how it came out. The “wave” is made of red oak with gloss poly and the bottom is poplar, stained with Minwax red oak and finished with gloss poly.

Using 1/4” plywood, I created patterns for each piece of the wave (only three unique ones since two of them are just reflections) and sanded them until I was happy with the shape. I then used these to create the final pieces in oak using my router table and a pattern bit.

Since the poplar I had on hand was not wide enough for what I needed, I ended up dividing the base into four different quadrants and used the opportunity to try some dovetail cuts. The cuts were sloppy and barely fit together, but luckily it’s hard to notice on the final piece. And I can’t believe how rewarding it was to finally get those four pieces to fit together…

The good news about having four separate pieces for the base was that I could make the dado cuts easily by sliding each piece over my router bit without any plunging or other fancy solutions.

Another great learning experience, and I have already used the patterns to recreate a similar mail holder for my grandparents! (amazing how valuable patterns can be!! definitely going to start making these whenever I can for future projects). I forgot to take a pic before I gave it to them, but maybe I will update this in the future.

Thanks for tuning in!

-- I have the toes I have. Let's leave it at that.

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#1 posted 01-04-2013 11:20 PM

Great job, I found the inspiration for a new project.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#2 posted 01-04-2013 11:35 PM

Welcome to LJs
This is a great design and good build,nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 01-05-2013 03:01 AM

Welcome… and I love it!


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#4 posted 01-05-2013 03:33 AM

Nice design. I really like the small projects that are great looking and useful. Great job.

-- Scott, Columbus, Ohio

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#5 posted 01-05-2013 05:01 AM

I really like this project. Well done! I may “borrow” this idea in the future. thanks for sharing.

-- I make lots of dust, everything else is just a byproduct of the dust making process!...Frank,NJ

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#6 posted 01-05-2013 05:49 AM

Great useful project and looks like it would fit in anywhere, thanks for sharing

-- Norman

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#7 posted 01-05-2013 11:08 AM

Great design and style, nice job.

I might have to “use” this project for Christmas gifts for next year.

-- Anyone who isn’t totally confused just doesn’t understand the situation.

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#8 posted 01-05-2013 02:14 PM

The wave design looks great. Very cool looking.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 01-05-2013 03:37 PM

Very creative and nice looking project

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#10 posted 01-05-2013 09:59 PM

stylish! great job!

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#11 posted 01-06-2013 01:22 AM

Hey, welcome to lumberjocks, and what a great idea! It is practical, yet it is exactly the kind of thing people will “oohhwaa” over.
Way to go, and keep up the great artistic look!

-- Paul, Tennessee,

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#12 posted 01-06-2013 10:11 AM

Quite unique design!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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