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Project by jeffswildwood posted 12-27-2019 01:48 PM 992 views 1 time favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back in the late summer I was talking with a friend about I was out of post office doors. To my surprise, he called me about a week later and said he had 10 for me. He said all he asks is I make him two boxes from them. When he showed up to deliver them, he saw my post office truck and asked, whats that?

I showed it to him and he changed his mind about the boxes. He wanted a truck! Lucky for me he said he was not in any hurry. While working on other projects I began gathering wood and cutting parts for his truck. Considering his generosity, I wanted this one to be a little more, so I added a little more detail. First, I chose oak for the truck with walnut accents and increased the thickness from 1/4 to 3/8.. Just to spice it up I added a touch of maple and some brass.

Different from my last trucks I added a trans cover inside the cab and made a gear shift complete with knob. The dremel became my friend again. Now I wanted more so I added gauges to the dash board. A little change to the radiator so I added a cap. I’m really happy with the way it came out and I hope he is when he picks it up.

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





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Ivan

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#1 posted 12-27-2019 01:54 PM

Very cute and adorable. I like those brass parts.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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woodshaver Tony C

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#2 posted 12-27-2019 01:58 PM

Nice story and a great gift indeed! How can he not love to have this beautifully crafted gem! Love the little red tail lights and the rest of the great detail! Nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 12-27-2019 02:07 PM

It’s a one of a kind Jeff, he should be more than pleased. I’m diggin the taillight big time LOL.

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

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#4 posted 12-27-2019 02:12 PM



It s a one of a kind Jeff, he should be more than pleased. I m diggin the taillight big time LOL.

- doubleDD

That was the first thing that caught my attention. Was kind of just skimming and was like woah this thing has more detail than most. Then decided to read the whole post.

Very nice truck. The attention to detail is superb.

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Lazyman

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#5 posted 12-27-2019 02:17 PM

What? No windshield wipers? :-)

That is awesome Jeff.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#6 posted 12-27-2019 02:22 PM

you indeed had made a better detail model then the first one … but the first one was GR8 also … he should love this beautiful little truck bank … I need and want to do something like that … still looking for the doors .. welcome t othe club Jeff GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

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

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#7 posted 12-27-2019 02:34 PM

Besides being good looking, apparently it’s an off-road mail truck, too! Neither rain nor sleet nor big rocks in the road!

Nice work, Jeff!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 12-27-2019 02:56 PM

Very cool Jeff. I’m going to have to order a bank door box from you one of these days so I have one you made. Definitely cool.

-- Dave - http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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poospleasures

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#9 posted 12-27-2019 03:34 PM

Very nice Jeff. We sometimes amaze ourselfs and many others. You did it this time. Thanks for posting.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#10 posted 12-27-2019 03:45 PM

Nicely done Jeff. Your friend will be trilled with his mail truck.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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recycle1943

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#11 posted 12-27-2019 03:45 PM

Oh man, a bank robbery and a get away truck to boot.
That is such a neat twist on the old PO banks that surely there will be duplicates all over the country – but none as nice as this one

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#12 posted 12-27-2019 03:52 PM

Such a cool idea! Love the grill, lights details, sideboards, and that dashboard; and the greatest thing: no exhaust.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: Because cheese isnt a healthy source of cheese, I will use grated cucumber to top off this raw food vegan pizza.

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Vicki

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#13 posted 12-27-2019 05:47 PM

OMG!!! That is so beautiful. Love all the different woods and accents, etc. Awesome job. Do you use a pattern? How do you find doors when you don’t have a friend like yours? My son is a mailman and he would love that.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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jeffswildwood

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#14 posted 12-27-2019 08:37 PM

Thanks for all the comments everyone! I appreciate them. I would like to reply to each one but there is so many! This is truck #5 I have made and I try to improve each time I make one. Vicki, I do use a pattern, I bought it from Rockler for $1.00. I really liked it but there were things I didn’t like, so I changed it a little.

As for the doors, I have been lucky! I found some at a 2nd hand, junk shop. He had quite a few and over time I cleaned him out. I found a couple more in an antique shop in Detroit while on vacation. My Son bought me five off of Ebay for Christmas two years ago. My friend, (who gets this truck) came up with 10. I also found a new junk dealer, who moved his shop from a neighboring town to my town. I got seven from him, he said he has 6 five gallon buckets full if he could ever get unpacked and find them. All together I have made, sold or gave away over 60 boxes. Every one of them have been a lot of fun to do.

Dave Kelley, I was in an auction back in the fall for two full racks of doors. I lost but had I won, I had you in mind for a couple. I think out of everyone, you want to try one the most.

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

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jeffswildwood

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#15 posted 12-27-2019 08:43 PM

Again, I have to give my Son credit for the photography. His work is awesome and he no doubt “makes my projects look good”!

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

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