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Project by hairy posted 08-07-2018 05:30 PM 890 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another one that’s been banging around inside my head for years. A few weeks back I was at the flea market in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. The post office box door was $10, without the combination. It’s really easy to figure out. I decided it was time to do this.

It’s all 1/2” baltic birch plywood. The back of the box is a rabbet joint. The piece that holds the lock is a dado joint, and the front piece that holds the doors is a face frame attached with spline joints. I don’t have pics for this.

I mortised for the hinges in the doors and face frame on the tablesaw. The face frame has half lap joints.

Magnets keep the doors closed. I used fender washers for the magnets to hold on to. The washers are recessed into the box so that I could adjust them for holding strength.

The brass lock and handles are off my lathe. Nothing fancy.

The decal has the initials of the person that gets this box. I purchased the decal on Etsy.

Baltic birch plywood, 8 and 1/2” x 8 and 1/2” x 12” tall. Black rattle can flat black and Mohawk Dead Flat Lacquer.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#1 posted 08-07-2018 05:38 PM

Great project! I will have to look the availability of tosr doors on e bay- maybe tried to do somethong like this

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 08-07-2018 06:59 PM

That’s a very nice design and it looks great.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 08-07-2018 09:31 PM

Hairy, very nice! I do a LOT of these doors and I am always trying to think of new, creative ways to make one. This is quite an inspiration! I really like the idea.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#4 posted 08-07-2018 09:50 PM

Thanks! I’m glad you like it.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#5 posted 08-08-2018 12:19 AM

Very nice!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#6 posted 08-08-2018 01:54 AM

Nice work Hairy!!!


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#7 posted 08-08-2018 05:43 AM

Hello Hairy,

Its certainly an eye catcher, some more construction details would be good.

So as a result a few questions if I may
1. Is it free standing?
2. What are the overall dimensions please?
and I was going to ask the obvious question,
3. Where is the picture of all the loot you have stashed in there? ...tee hee
but I see its a gift for R.H.A.

-- Regards Rob

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#8 posted 08-08-2018 11:55 AM


It’s on 1 and 1/2” diameter wheels. At the bottom of the 1st pic. The 4th pic is the platform the wheels are mounted to, then it was glued to the bottom of the box. Sorry, I forgot to explain that.

Baltic birch plywood, 8 and 1/2” x 8 and 1/2” x 12” tall. Black rattle can flat black and Mohawk Dead Flat Lacquer.

What loot?

-- My reality check bounced...

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