Mailbox for Letters to Santa

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Project by woodenwarrior posted 12-15-2013 01:29 PM 1182 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- Do or do not...there is no try - Master Yoda

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#1 posted 12-15-2013 01:45 PM

It’s projects like this that can leverage new tool acquisitions…..honey I can do that but I’ll need to get a new tool to do in the “right” way….haha. Great job and I don’t think you an over-engineer something for Santa Clause.

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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#2 posted 12-15-2013 01:47 PM

Wonderful. You did a great job and that box will be around for years to come. Wait till you see the faces of the kids. Crafty’s not a bad badge to wear.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 12-15-2013 01:58 PM

You did a great job on this and little ones love it more. I made a similar one many years ago and adults and kids think it’s great. Put some letters in there from Santa, good and bad, and you can really have some fun. Well done.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 12-15-2013 02:09 PM

BEAUTIFUL! Very nicely constructed. I hope they will save this for future use.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#5 posted 12-15-2013 02:31 PM

AlBCuttnWud, I just read my wife your comment and I got,” OMG you already do that!!!!”...Its good to see I’m not the only one …hahahaha

-- Do or do not...there is no try - Master Yoda

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#6 posted 12-15-2013 04:24 PM

Man, that is really cute. That will certainly be used year after year.
Well done.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#7 posted 12-16-2013 06:11 PM

That turned out too cool! You did a great job and I bet they all love it.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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