Cedar Mailbox

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Project by Bullgoose posted 10-13-2009 07:19 PM 5142 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Cedar Mailbox of Western Cedar that I bought as rough 5/4×14”x15’ sticks and milled to size. The original plans called for no joinery and a whopping 225 1-1/2” screws to hold it all together! I just couldn’t bring myself to putting that many screws in this beautiful cedar, so I used various joinery techniques (rabbit, dado, bisquit, etc.) to build the mailbox. All told, there are only thirteen screws in the top portion of the mailbox and none in the base. The base is hollow and just big enough to “slide” over a 4”x4” post that will be attached via four screws that will be hidden in a space just below the top portion. I finished it with a clear cedar stain and Spar varnish.

-- When I die I want to go like my grandfather did...peaceful, in his sleep...not screaming like the passengers in his car.

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#1 posted 10-13-2009 07:33 PM

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#2 posted 10-13-2009 11:56 PM

wow, very nice looking mailbox. Too nice for the weather here

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#3 posted 10-14-2009 01:47 AM

Great looking mailbox, where did you find those plans? Very good work !!!

-- Bill Merritt -Augusta Ga. woodworker

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#4 posted 10-14-2009 01:50 AM

Really fine looking Mailbox, Bull!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 10-14-2009 12:08 PM

nice job…almost to nice to put outside for mail :-)

-- 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 10-14-2009 04:49 PM

Very impressive mail box. Great job.

-- John @

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