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Project by FestusHaagen posted 07-17-2020 04:28 AM 450 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is 1920’s vintage U.S. Mail Truck. I got the plans from a gal in Florida that has incorporated a post office mail box door into the back of the truck. Most of the early mail boxes had a combination lock. Now they are all key locks and are not as nice as the 1906 doors. You can find the doors on line for around $20 each. When they closed many of the rural post offices these door found their way onto the internet. I have made a number of the banks for kids at Christmas. I have also made several just as a box. I gave my granddaughter a truck last year full of foreign coins. Every time we travel we come back with a pocket full of coins.

-- Ed Haagen, Moscow, Idaho





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htl

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#1 posted 07-17-2020 04:35 AM

Way cute project!!!
I love this body style having built two of them and then adding something else I like these mail box doors so a real great match in my book. Well done!!!

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Eric

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#2 posted 07-17-2020 10:58 AM

Too cool. You are a regular Santa, and I know you put a lot of smiles on the kids. I did wheƱ my kids were younger. I like the idea of the bank.
When you get the doors, do you receive the combination with them? Or can it be set?

Great project.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#3 posted 07-17-2020 01:46 PM

this project is on my list BUT FIRST i have to get the doors they are kind of expensive here looks like you made your Granddaughter a very happy little girl GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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woodshaver Tony C

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#4 posted 07-17-2020 04:01 PM

Great project! They all look super nice! And it looks like you made a little girl very happy!

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

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htl

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#5 posted 07-17-2020 05:46 PM

Seems like I found my door at a flea market, so just be on the look out.
One thing I did was make the lock work with just one turn and letter so it would be easier to get inside,

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FestusHaagen

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#6 posted 07-17-2020 05:56 PM

Eric – Most of the doors come with a combination. You can also take the lock apart and set the combination to something different. The doors I got were off eBay auctions so the price is always different. Quality and condition are also an issue as the doors were manufactured by many different firms. The doors I found to be best were the 1906 Soaring Eagle.

-- Ed Haagen, Moscow, Idaho

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Sasha

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#7 posted 07-17-2020 06:06 PM

very well

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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Carey Mitchell

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#8 posted 07-17-2020 07:54 PM

The doors are (or were) available from Rockler, along with the plan for the truck.

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FestusHaagen

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#9 posted 07-17-2020 10:22 PM

You are correct Carey, they can be purchased from Rockler. However they are keyed locks and go for a hefty price of $60. By the time you get all the other material to finish the project you would be over $100. The plans are the same as the one I purchased from the lady in Florida. They must have bought her out. I much prefer the antique combination locks. It seams to fit better with the age of the postal truck. Thanks for the information.

-- Ed Haagen, Moscow, Idaho

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Eric

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#10 posted 07-17-2020 10:44 PM

The old timey stuff looks great. A supplier I have used is Penn State Industry. I have a few pen sets, which are packed away for a bit yet and I also have a handful of their coffee grinders packed away, purchased before their prices went up

-- Eric, building the dream

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#11 posted 07-20-2020 01:08 AM

Ed, how did I miss that beautiful truck(s) you posted. You did an amazing job on them. I see you changed the plans just as I did for the door. I just like it better that way. I also noticed the plexi windshield. What a great touch. I love seeing other wood workers version of the truck. I believe if you ask 10 to do a truck you get ten versions of it. All different and all beautiful. And your trucks surely are. I really hate I missed your posting. Great job Sir!

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

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#12 posted 07-20-2020 03:20 AM

G’Day Ed, That last photo is the money shot – the smile says PAID IN FULL for sure…

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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FestusHaagen

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#13 posted 07-20-2020 03:32 AM

She is a sweet one for sure. She is 1/2 Chinese, 1/2 German and 100% princess.

-- Ed Haagen, Moscow, Idaho

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FestusHaagen

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#14 posted 07-20-2020 03:35 AM

Jeff, I have been on here for only a few days so you didn’t miss me by much!

-- Ed Haagen, Moscow, Idaho

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