Mail Box Bank

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Project by at anchor in Orlando posted 11-01-2016 10:34 PM 1212 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this about a month ago, based on a medium sized Post Office Mail Box door.
Credit Green_Hornut for the inspiration, he made a similar (but smaller) design in 2015.
The material came off the cutoff’s pile and is 3/8 inch oak everywhere but the back and top. The back was left at 7/8 inch to counter the weight of the door and the top was solid oak with some plane work to round it down to the side profile.
Finished with a few coats of homemade wipe-on poly and some furniture wax.
Overall dimensions are 9 1/2 tall, 5 3/4 wide and deep. Door size is 6 1/4 tall and 5 1/2 wide.
Now that I have mine, to make the banks for the 7 grandkids…

-- Jack

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#1 posted 11-02-2016 01:31 AM

Nice job. I saw this style on LJ’s and was going to make one like it. I think the next one will be this style. They are cool.

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

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#2 posted 11-02-2016 11:47 AM

I’m in the process of making 3 of these myself. The last thing on the list is the rounded tops. Then a coat of paint, and I’ll be done.

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#3 posted 11-02-2016 02:04 PM

nice job

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#4 posted 11-02-2016 05:44 PM

It realy makes you and force to save money. At the same time you can watch the progress.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 11-02-2016 10:46 PM

I really like these bank boxes—very cool, and a nice save of a historical piece!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#6 posted 11-03-2016 03:06 PM

Nice Job!

I have an old mechanical door gathering dust, maybe I will use your design to convert it to a bank.


-- Dale, Illinois,

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#7 posted 11-03-2016 03:35 PM

very nice …... 1 question ? do you acquire these doors ?

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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at anchor in Orlando

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#8 posted 11-04-2016 05:00 PM

very nice …... 1 question ? do you acquire these doors ?


Ebay, search for “Post Office Door”
The small size is usually in more demand, therefore a little pricier.
The medium size is available in working condition for about $15.
Good Luck!

-- Jack

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#9 posted 11-05-2016 03:32 AM

thank you Jack

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#10 posted 04-20-2017 09:45 PM

Very nice. Thanks for posting this. I have four of these PO box fronts and have made two of them into coin banks, similar to yours.

-- No PHD just a DD214

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