My new mailbox

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Last week I showed a mailbox that I had rebuilt for someone.


One of the things I did was put a metal roof on it because the old wood roof had completely rotted away. When I cut the first roof out of sheet aluminum I cut it too short, but I saved the mistake roof for use later. Well, now it’s later :-)

Using the roof for size, all I had to do was build the box to fit under it. Her mailbox had a “carport” on the left side for newspaper delivery, which we dont have here. So I decided to add a “garage door” and close off that side. If the newspaper situation changes, All I gotta do is knock out the garage door. Here’s a few pic’s from mockup to finish.










The garage door is a piece of poplar that I planed to about 3/16”, then I cut the grooves to define the door panels on my radial arm saw. The door is finished with about 6 coats of rattle can clear gloss and the house has about 5 coats of gloss white house paint.

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#1 posted 580 days ago

got yourself a real modern antique

good save with the ‘garage’

nice work joe

-- 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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#2 posted 580 days ago

Looks great Joe

-- Everyone calls me Ed or Eddie , mom still calls me Edward if she is mad at me.

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Dale J Struhar Sr

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#3 posted 580 days ago

Nice job Joe

-- Dale, Ohio

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#4 posted 579 days ago

great mailbox joe.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#5 posted 579 days ago

Just wondering if the “garage” has a separate purpose and does it open?

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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#6 posted 579 days ago

I used to work for Mailbox Factory in Kirtland Ohio and we made hundreds of custom mailboxes. It was a great niche market. Want to revive it in Tennessee?

-- How it happened that Mastro Cherry, carpenter, found a piece of wood that wept and laughed like a child.

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#7 posted 579 days ago

Sweet mailbox Joe….. does the garage door come with opener on base model or is that extra??? Very Cool project

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#8 posted 579 days ago

Natalie, IN the original box I re-did for a friend the “garage” side was where the newspaper was delivered. Since we dont get the paper I closed off that half and made it look like the garage door is closed. I put 2 tiny nails to hold it in and sealed around it with clear silicone (to keep the rain from going in that part). If necessary I can just punch the door out to open that up.

Hybridwoodwork, hadnt thought of that. Might just be a niche market for these, eh?

No Buster, it’s “non-electric”. But a good healthy punch will open it pretty quick.

Thanks for all the kind words folks.

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#9 posted 579 days ago

Nice job sir. Like it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#10 posted 579 days ago

Looks great!
Thanks for posting

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#11 posted 579 days ago

Joe this looks better than my house…you did a great job, I missed you posting this…I am late for the party again….but I got the weed pipe

-- Cosmicturner

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#12 posted 579 days ago

Good Job.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#13 posted 579 days ago

That’s pretty cute. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#14 posted 579 days ago

That is great! I just hope you don’t live someplace where vandals enjoy trashing mail boxes!

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#15 posted 577 days ago

Pretty cool, I really like that.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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