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jeffswildwood

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10-13-2016 01:00 PM

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Hi guys. While browsing at a used furniture store I came across about six post office mail box doors. I always admired the banks made from these doors so I had to ask what they wanted for them. The answer was $10.00 a piece. Is this a good price for post office doors? Seemed high to me. This is an example. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/25699. I would still have to figure out the combinations. What do you think, maybe try to talk him down?

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".


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#1 posted 10-13-2016 01:20 PM

Doing a quick search on Ebay… looks like 10 bucks is a pretty GOOD deal.

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#2 posted 10-13-2016 01:41 PM

Joe, I too did a quick search on ebay and it does appear to be a good price. I think a trip back to the shop will be in order today. Looks like great Christmas present projects. I still may try my hand at negotiations. Thanks for replying!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#3 posted 10-13-2016 01:50 PM

If they are anything like the one you posted then I’d say yes. Maybe offer $50, for the 6 of them. They are cool looking. I should look around here for some. Would make a great gift.

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#4 posted 10-13-2016 02:48 PM

Dave, that is bout the price I was thinking. I went back and looked at other lumberjocks projects using these. They really look nice! Wonderful gift ideas. I really like the the ones made into a buggy. I even have the plans from an old woodcraft magazine. The trick would be the combination. finding it out or resetting it. also one or two are a bit curved, not bad but curved. if I can realign them. If its metal it will bend i guess. Thanks for the advice!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#5 posted 10-13-2016 02:59 PM

You should be able to figure out the combination from the back side. Most of the doors like that I’ve seen, the mechanism is either open or covered by a simple sheet metal stamping held on with a couple screws or clips and easily removed. Once you have the mechanism open, it’s not that hard to see when the tumblers click into place and you can write down the combination as they do.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#6 posted 10-13-2016 03:49 PM

Thanks JayT, I did notice that when I looked them over. I wondered if removing those two screws was the answer.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#7 posted 10-13-2016 08:09 PM

I’ve bought several of them, Jeff, on eBay. They’ve raged in price from &7 to &23, depending on size, age, etc.

-- Mark

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#8 posted 10-13-2016 08:17 PM

$10 seems reasonable. I snagged a few several years ago (well, MANY years ago) and used one to make a wall safe that was quite the conversation piece at the time. The combination is easy to figure out if you have access to the back of the door.

Cheers,
Brad

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#9 posted 10-13-2016 08:42 PM

Thanks guys, I think I will pay him a visit tomorrow.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#10 posted 10-14-2016 08:55 PM

Hey all, I went back today and got three for $25.00. A really good price for what I’ve seen. Thanks for the advice all.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#11 posted 10-14-2016 10:58 PM

I think you will be doing good at 10 bucks!!

Jim

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#12 posted 10-14-2016 11:56 PM

Three for 25, I think I scored. One is dated 1964, the other two are 1958. I’m happy. There were two more left. Both were bent, If just the frame I would be OK but the door was out. I already figured out the combination of the three I bought. Now I need some cherry, walnut or maple to get started!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#13 posted 10-16-2016 12:02 AM

I have three doors for post office boxes that have been waiting for time to do them. The combinations are easy to set or change. I haven’t done them for some time, but I’ll see if I can find the directions and forward them to you. Good price – I think mine were $15 each several years ago.

-- ajh

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