|Project by woodenwarrior||posted 12-15-2013 01:29 PM||890 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
So I got roped/volunteered into making a mailbox for letters to Santa to be used at our Battalion Christmas party by my wife and one of the other wives in my Battalion…apparently I’m “crafty”...I’ll take that as a compliment.
I’m an over achiever and don’t like anything half assed. So when this project came along it was the perfect opportunity to over engineer a simple thing like a mailbox.
The whole thing cost me about $10 in lumber. The post is made from 2×4s dimensioned and face glued with the corners knocked off to make the octagonal post. I don’t own a lathe so this was the next best choice. I wanted something cool looking for the feet plus it needed to withstand a large group of kids messing with it. The legs are just 2×6s dimensioned and shaped then M&T into the post. I am totally happy with the tapered appearance and the upturned tips. I tried to give it a sort of “elf shoe” type look. The box itself was pretty straight forward with shingles and fascia made from the leftover 2×4 cutoffs. There’s a spring loaded flag-raising mechanism on the side that jingles with sleigh bells when the cord is pulled. I had to add it because I can’t leave well enough alone and quite honestly it was just a cool thing to add.
The kids loved it and I cemented my place in the Battalion as the crafty-go-to-guy.
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