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Project by LittleBlackDuck posted 09-22-2020 05:54 AM 875 views 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Boys and Girls

This damn C19 is being blamed for a lot of things nowadays and here’s another one of its victims.

This is not as much a medical casualty but more so the justification for burdening you readers with this very basic but practical project.

With the home isolation indoctrinated by our politicians, there has been an additional burden imbued on my humble letter box that has caused me to view it with greater respect and thereby belatedly herald its birth into this world, as a project here at LJ’s.

It all started by an impromptu dislodgement, perpetrated by a misguided postal service delivery truck up my driveway several years ago, on what was considered to be an immovable, securely embedded letter box


mounted in concrete by 4×10mm bolts… the incriminating scars after all these years,

While it was put back on its feet, correction… foot, I was apprehensive of its future survival so a replacement was decided on.

Never let it be said I’m a creature of habit, so keeping my mouth shut, it was off to the SketchUp drawing board,

Jarrah was my immediate choice of timber

as that was the only “exotic” I had… and used 100mm PVC pipes for the paper holder tubes

(the red tape was to indicate which was the wrong end… {sigh!} I could never win).

Holes were cut for the junk mail receptacles with the by-product of a bloody big mess and lot of timber burning


before I discovered this hole-saw trick.

A PVC pipe retainer was cut out of a 6mm jarrah veneer on the scroller,

I made 2 in case I screwed one up,

Fortunately I did manage to screw it up so the second one wasn’t wasted.

With the base dovetailed and test fitted,

It was trimmed to final dimensions using a following router bit,


Eventually screwed on confirming I was a total smart-arse,

Dovetailed the top half

and laminated some merbau decking for the top half’s base,

Perfected my dovetail joins by some colour co-ordinated wood filler,

and a dry fit of the two story box,

Had to check whether the stainless letter plate was the right colour and wouldn’t fall through the hole,

I opted against mounting the new letter box on a pedestal and chose a concrete tile for a rest,

with some bolts through it to hold some packers,

for screwing the box to,

The box was finished with several coats of Sikkens Cetol HLS and Sikkens Cetol Supernatural,

Some of you may have noticed that there is no number on the box, while the rest of you did not… that is because (no, not the noticed but the lack of number), the house across the road is #1

and my neighbour is #2 with #4 next to #2, which is not me… and Australia Post refused to ratify me using #0. Confused? Well mine is a corner block and the idiot owner/builder used the back door as the street address and there’s no bloody way I’m walking around the block to get my letters. Fortunately the posties has had 45 years (house built in 1975) to learn the numbering system… unfortunately it’s a bitch when I get a new postie and have to scour the gutter to get my mail until he can be appropriately indoctrinated.

I did manage to slip in the #0 on the curb,

however, Australia Post continually throw a wobbly every time a letter is addressed to #0.

I did make a SketchUp video of some of the options I considered before concluding on this final design.

Before writing up this project, I had a quick look at the letter box and was a bit embarrassed about the state it was in and decided a slight facelift (a quick sand and coat of Sikkens) wouldn’t go astray. Unfortunately I forgot to take a before facelift picture, however this is what it looks like now, after the surgery,


In my opinion, it has cleaned up reasonably well after those years in the sun, however, the reputedly “stainless” hardware, didn’t fare as well,

even with some spit and polish... maybe I should have used Finnish instead of Polish.

PS. If you don’t use letters and only converse via email, my next project of ”A picture of my computer” might interest you.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD





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Ivan

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#1 posted 09-22-2020 06:05 AM

Are you intending to scare the postman with those scarry eyes?...hehehe

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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LittleBlackDuck

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#2 posted 09-22-2020 06:10 AM


Are you intending to scare the postman with those scarry eyes?...hehehe

- Ivan


Haha… Never thought of that… no one nose (to go with the eyes)...

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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robscastle

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#3 posted 09-22-2020 09:43 AM

The Postal Service guy has got nothing on me I took out 40+ in one hit.

Sorry you knew that already

But I couldn’t help myself

That behemoth is held up by 8×1/8 pop rivets would you believe

-- Regards Rob

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LittleBlackDuck

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#4 posted 09-22-2020 11:58 AM



That behemoth is held up by 8×1/8 pop rivets would you believe
- robscastle
NO!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Dave Polaschek

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#5 posted 09-22-2020 12:34 PM

Your tubes for newspapers look much like the fixtures we have around here which some sort of birds nest in every spring, not only stopping up the tube with nesting material, but also flying out at the approach of a delivery vehicle, startling the driver, who will then leave the newspaper laying in the street. Given the propensity of wildlife in Oz to be inimical to human life, I’m surprised you make such attractive nesting sites for the flying blood wombats or whatever it is that’s the antipodean equivalent of chirpy birbs.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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LittleBlackDuck

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#6 posted 09-22-2020 02:36 PM



Your tubes for newspapers look much like the fixtures we have around here which some sort of birds nest in every spring…
- Dave Polaschek

The actual box is not for letters DP... it’s a warm box for bird eating snakes. In my area I have a love/hate relationship with birds that squat in my roof and crap everywhere… I love to hate them!
I’ll post you a few mini-drumsticks if you like.
I feud with neighbours that put up bird boxes… I tell them (the humans) it’s just encouraging those little buggers to eventually up market when they outgrow those little cubicles.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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torus

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#7 posted 09-22-2020 02:45 PM



Are you intending to scare the postman with those scarry eyes?...hehehe

- Ivan


Yes, this was my first thought:

LB,
As always nice project and good reading!

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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James E McIntyre

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#8 posted 09-22-2020 05:39 PM

You must have the coolest mail box in Australia.
I looked up the wood you used. Jarrah. It’s very strong and rot resistant.
It looks a lot like mahogany but much stronger. Tests at 1860 on the Janka scale.
Can you buy it at your local timber store?

-- James E McIntyre

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Dutchy

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#9 posted 09-22-2020 08:15 PM

A nice box Alex and well engineered, althought I have my concers about the flat lid. Doesn’t it rain there?

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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splintergroup

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#10 posted 09-22-2020 08:56 PM

Round these parts telephone junctions are the favorite target:

So much so they are designed to collapse into mush. It’s uncanny how many times I’ve seen tire tracks gouging out a lawn, fitting precisely between large boulders, only to nail one of these buggers dead on hidden behind a tree (the tree usually is unharmed).

Mailboxes are prey to baseball bats.

At first look at your new box (and the “junk mail” reference), I was expecting a dissertation on waiting for the mailman, placing a T-bone in the upper compartment and lighting the new junk contents ablaze. Efficient way to rid ones self of the junk mail and get a tasty daily dose of protein.
Somewhat disappointed you actually use that for its intended purpose, but a very nice design and I’m lusting over that Jarrah. Holds up better than stainless!

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#11 posted 09-22-2020 10:48 PM

It is a very upscale postbox, LBD, of course, but I am just wondering fo the postman is smart enough to figure out how to use it correctly…...........

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#12 posted 09-23-2020 12:06 AM

Thank you all for taking a gander.


... I looked up the wood you used. Jarrah. It’s very strong and rot resistant.
It looks a lot like mahogany but much stronger. Tests at 1860 on the Janka scale.
Can you buy it at your local timber store?
- James E McIntyre
JEM, where I live (downtown Churchill), it’s hard enough to buy firewood let alone “exotics”. Years ago when I lived in Melbourne, I used to got to a specialised “timber yard” (Tile Importers... yeah, interesting name) and go through their pile of jarrah rejects and when I found a reasonable piece, I stockpiled… so I brought a reasonable selection to Churchill with me,

the dark boards are jarrah.

A nice box Alex and well engineered, althought I have my concers about the flat lid. Doesn t it rain there?
- Dutchy

I hope I have it covered... if only for the weather strip around the top edge of the sides and the trench under the lid…

So far I’ve never found a Wet-check in the letter box.


... placing a T-bone in the upper compartment…
- splintergroup

Aussie tradition is to leave cans of beer… usually in rubbish bins at Christmas… well forget the T-bone, I place my beers in the letter box and not tell the postie.. that way I can relish in my daily pilgrimage to the letter box and enjoy the content even when I don’t get a tax relief cheque or on-line tool order posted.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Madmark2

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#13 posted 09-23-2020 12:46 AM

Lovely work. Jarrah looks like jatoba. I don’t understand the tubes, you said they were used for papers? Que es “papers”¿ LOL

Now you need to build a rain shed to cover that lovely project! One thing leads to another …

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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Jim Jakosh

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#14 posted 09-23-2020 01:39 AM

You amaze me, Alex…always thinking !! Nice work on the box!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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woodbutcherbynight

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#15 posted 09-23-2020 02:24 AM

Beautiful work. Now where I live if I put that up I can expect some numbnuts to destroy it just because. They have tried this with the current standard looking mailbox. Problem here is what you CANNOT see. Inside is a 1/2 steel plate insert. Sure go ahead lean out the car with that bat and drive by taking a swing at my mailbox.

Oh, did it rip you out of the car and break your are and tear up your rotatory cuff? Well hell’s bells maybe if you didn’t commit a felony while doing so you might have some recourse.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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