|Project by waffles||posted 01-14-2014 04:47 PM||1012 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
All right everyone here is the story. I have been in a long distance relationship with my girlfriend for about a year and a half now and I thought I would try to spice up her mailbox with a neat idea. This is a box that I designed myself, I have never seen anything like it before and I’m very proud of it. I wanted a box that could be shipped back and forth between us, without having to run to the store to get a cardboard box, didn’t cost a fortune to mail, but would hold up for a few years of USPS abuse. So here is what I ended up with. A box that is roughly 16 inches tall, 6 inches wide and 3.5 inches deep. I used long (2 inch) finger joints on all 4 corners to hold it together. The front address holder has been both glued to the front and has 9, 1 inch screws through the back to ensure it doesn’t fall off. As a precaution I have placed a stick on return address on the bottom of the box, just in case. To change the address to ship it back, she just unlocks the front holder, removes the address label (which is stuck onto a thick piece of acrylic and laminated for extra durability), and flips it over to the back, where my address is stuck on, inserts it into place and locks it down. The top. It’s my favorite part! I constructed it to be a sliding dado, so when you unlock the top, you just slide it off. This 3/4” top adds a lot of strength to the top of the piece. I went with the sliding dado, because of the cool factor and also, I didn’t want to have to worry about a hinge breaking or anything like that. one thing not pictured is that the dado is a through dado on all parts. This leaves 2 little protrusions on the back. To fill those I cut two horns into the sliding top to fill them, which adds aesthetic appeal, a bit of strength, and most importantly friction. Why friction? I wanted a backup if something were to happen to the lock assembly on the top, something to keep all of the contents in, in the event that the top hinge were to break. This shouldn’t break though, the tang of the hinge is burred in the back of the piece, and while the hook of the lock protrudes above the top plane of the top, it has been secured with epoxy and some long 1 inch screws. I used a danish oil finish, I didn’t want a plastic look, but wanted a little protection, so danish it was! The other little box pictured was the first box to go inside of the box. My lady friend is a medical student and sometimes stays up late studying, so I provided an emergency energy bar (all women love chocolate right?). Tidbit on that though, if you ever build anything that houses food (even wrapped food), don’t use boiled linseed oil as it does affect the flavor. All in all, I found it to be a great project, and I’m proud of the design. It made it to it’s destination just fine. The postal workers called it “beautiful” and thought it was a sin to send it through the mail, without it being inside of another box, they hesitated to put the sticker on it, because they didn’t want to wreck the finish, but I told them that it was supposed to get dinged up a bit. One reason I went with a danish oil was for that very purpose, because I can refinish on the fly as needed. The recipient was very pleased. If anyone wants help building one, just shoot me a PM and I’ll help ya out! Cheers.