Yes Dear, I'll Make You Some More

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Project by closetguy posted 07-28-2010 01:57 AM 4338 views 28 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The last time I made a batch of Post Office box door banks was about 11 years ago. My wife gives them as gifts and she recently hinted that she was about out of them. A friend of mine, who has been selling these for about 12 years, decided to retire from the craft show business and offered me his inventory. I got a lot of 1902, 1906, and 1920s doors which I have yet to build the boxes for. Each one of the early 1900s have different frame dimensions and require a box unique to a particular series. The 50s-70s Grecians are all interchangeable.

This one is made out of white oak and walnut. The Grecian door is a 1956. I used a Keller dovetail jig to cut the through dovetails. The Keller bits create slivers (like hamster bedding) instead of fine dust. The volume is so large when cutting the dovetails that my dust collector line kept clogging up at the input. I finally just turned it off and let everything fall to the floor, which quickly piled up to my knees. As with all my projects, I finished it with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal satin.

I made up six boxes using the Grecian doors, and on a whim I sent out pictures to my customer email list. One day later, they were all sold. So, I’m cutting out more boxes to take to a show in a couple of weeks to see what happens there. I told my wife that I haven’t got around to making any yet.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#1 posted 07-28-2010 02:07 AM

very nice,, I like the idea…nice pile of woodchips in the last picture with the dovetail jig

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#2 posted 07-28-2010 02:10 AM

Wow they are absolutely gorgeous!!

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#3 posted 07-28-2010 02:22 AM

Your work is terrific. Some years ago I acquired a Post Office box door and have been wanting to make a box to fit it. Your work just lit the fire again. Nicely done.

Phil Stevens

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#4 posted 07-28-2010 02:25 AM

Sorry to add another comment, but how do you craft the back of the box? From the photos it is clear how the top, bottom, and two sides go together.


Phil Stevens

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#5 posted 07-28-2010 02:46 AM

I don’t have a close up of the back Hillsboro, but I added another picture of them drying where you can see the backs of some. I basically cut a 3/4” piece large enough to overlap the opening, rounded it over, and cut a 1/2” rabbit so it fits into the opening, but overlaps it on the outside. The ones I made 11 years ago had a flush back, but over the years wood shrinkage caused a gap to appear around it. This new way sits 1/4 proud, but it will never create an unsightly gap.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#6 posted 07-28-2010 03:43 AM

Superb boxes!!! Your other boxes are killer too. Where do you get the bank doors? Excellent work, thanks for posting.


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#8 posted 07-28-2010 05:08 AM

These are great. I made a lot of them in the past. Thanks fof posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 07-28-2010 05:15 AM

I hope she don’t read this or your in the dog house. I cant wait to finish my kitchen so I can retool the shop for making more fun stuff. I should be installing the cabinets next week thanks to the book that Paul “HarleySoftailDeuce’s” sent me.

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#10 posted 07-28-2010 06:16 AM

boy i’d like one of those

-- Praise God in all things, especially the bad things because they make the best learning experiences.

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#11 posted 07-28-2010 11:27 AM

Sometimes I really wish Australia was a little older to be able to have these type of things around too. It makes me want to scrounge in the antique shops for stuff!!! This is such a unique gift, it’s no wonder your wife likes them . Personally I think I would keep them. :-)

-- Theresa,

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#12 posted 07-28-2010 11:40 AM

Very nice and realistic.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 07-28-2010 02:42 PM

Wonderful idea and nicely crafted boxes. I can see why they sell so quick.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 07-28-2010 05:55 PM

how funny and useful, I like it

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#15 posted 07-29-2010 02:41 AM

great idea, neat looking boxes and a very creative use of something old and neat! I like the walnut/oak combo!

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