Melissa's Craftsman Style Mailbox

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Project by Jim posted 01-11-2009 03:26 AM 12139 views 16 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Melissa heard I did a little hobby woodworking. She wanted to surprise her husband with a custom-built mailbox for their Craftsman-style home. She found one online, but the $200 price tag was a little too much for their limited budget. I offered to build it for the price of materials (I wanted some practice with quarter-sawn oak).

Fortunately, the online drawing included some rough dimensions. I was able to utilize my new Powermatic jointer and planer to mill the wood to the custom dimensions needed.

Melissa provided a template for the “post” on top and I routed it with a small trim router and then cleaned it up with a chisel.

I wanted the finish to look like an older arts & crafts piece and found a great article on FWW. (Original Arts & Crafts by Nancy Hiller)

I did most of the finishing before assembly. Final cost was about $100 ( I went thru a lot of oak learning about tearout…)

-- Jim, Boise ID - Attitude is everything

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#1 posted 01-11-2009 04:29 AM

Nicely Recreated.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#2 posted 01-11-2009 05:10 AM

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#3 posted 01-11-2009 05:23 AM

Very nice, I am sure she was pleased with it

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#4 posted 01-11-2009 06:25 AM

AWESOME! I am researching Arts and Crafts right now, and this piece is a great! Way to Go!

-- - You begin thinking less, and feeling more.

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#5 posted 01-11-2009 12:02 PM

good looking mailbox….very much with the A/C style looks great

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#6 posted 01-11-2009 04:36 PM

Very nice. How long did it take you to make it?

-- Dana

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#7 posted 01-11-2009 04:57 PM

Nicely done. Did you incorporate ‘anti-junk mail’ and “bill rejector” mechanisms into it? Perhaps that would be too futuristic for the Arts and Crafts motif.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#8 posted 01-11-2009 05:19 PM

Looks like a item. Lot of great designs there. But no matter, this is your handiwork Jim, and it looks great! I’m sure Melissa is quite pleased.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#9 posted 01-11-2009 05:54 PM

Great Lookin Mailbox

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#10 posted 01-11-2009 06:19 PM

Very nice.

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#11 posted 01-17-2009 10:50 PM

Hey Dana, I’ve been remodelling a rental along with my regular job, so I kinda worked on the mailbox a couple hours here and there as the schedule allowed. I spent a lot of time experimenting to get the finish correct. I guessing 20 hours…

-- Jim, Boise ID - Attitude is everything

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#12 posted 02-16-2009 08:34 AM

Great Looking Oak Mailbox! Oak Craftsman & Mission projects are favorites of mine. I especially like the font that was chosen. It reminds me of my brand that you see in the corner.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#13 posted 02-16-2010 09:29 AM

I love the font you used on this. I looks flawless!

-- Steve, Beaverton, OR [email protected]

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