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Project by closetguy posted 09-26-2010 01:41 AM 7325 views 12 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a big show in Tennessee in a couple of weeks and have been working over the past month to build up a reasonable inventory of Post Office door banks. It’s been a little challenging getting the inventory up because these thing are selling pretty quick from word of mouth. I’ll make a batch (ten or more), get them completely finished, and bag and store them. I then start on another batch of ten. What’s happening is the first batch is getting sold before I finish the second batch. It makes it difficult to get a cushion built up.

This is a new product for me and so far I am real pleased with how quickly they move out the door. The first picture is a 1902 Star Dial. The next two are a dual dial eagle and wagon wheel both from 1906. Then a circa 1920 Flying Eagle. These are white oak and jatoba. The next one is a Grecian style from 1968 with white oak and walnut. THe last picture is the coin slot on all my boxes.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#1 posted 09-26-2010 01:55 AM

really nice looking…glad to hear there doing well for you…better that then sit on your shelf…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 09-26-2010 02:15 AM

That is a really cool idea. Love the dovetails.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#3 posted 09-26-2010 02:27 AM

These are totally awesome! You will definitely sel out and have to keep making them – but it’s a very nice thing to stand at the show with no inventory left and a pocket full of cash!


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#4 posted 09-26-2010 02:52 AM

It’d be a shame to sell them all before you get to the show…lol. This is really nice work, tight dovetails!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#5 posted 09-26-2010 02:53 AM

It looks like you have a hot item there. Keep cranking-em out. They look real good.

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#6 posted 09-26-2010 03:09 AM

Those are excellent looking post office boxes you have built. Hope you can have a continious supply of the doors.

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#7 posted 09-26-2010 03:16 AM


-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#8 posted 09-26-2010 03:45 AM

maybe an upcharge on the price.

Something like the airlines. Finished $10.00, Locks that work $26.00, Combination to open it. $52.00

You get the idea. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#9 posted 09-26-2010 04:00 AM

Nice looking banks. Where do you get the doors? Thanks for posting

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 09-26-2010 04:24 AM

I got a bank like one of yours for a christmas present years ago, It still has a few pennies in it. Wish mine had dovetails like yours. Very nice work. If you don’t mind, where do you get the doors?



-- the life so short, the craft so long to learn

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#11 posted 09-26-2010 04:47 AM

I fell into a real deal on the doors. I have a friend that sold these banks at shows for 12 years. Health issues have forced him to quit the business. He’s retired from another job and figured he had sold 7000 of these boxes over the years and that was enough. A few months ago he sent me an email and asked if I wanted to buy his stock. I asked how much he had left. “Oh, somewhere around 2500”. Yes, 2500.

I couldn’t afford to buy that many at one time, so I buy 30 or 40 at a time. I initially bought all his early 1900s and try to keep a large stock of the Grecians because they move quicker due to the lower selling price. I get the coin slots from a guy in North Carolina.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#12 posted 09-26-2010 05:01 AM

Real sweet job….nice design and finish…well done.

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#13 posted 09-26-2010 05:37 AM

Very nice! Do the doors open?

-- -Willing to try

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#14 posted 09-26-2010 06:02 AM

Thanks for your reply. I made some of these years ago and really liked them. Sounds like you really feel into a great deal.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#15 posted 09-26-2010 10:19 AM

Extremely nice. I can see why they are selling so well.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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