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Letterbox Fund Raiser for the Local Community Club

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Project by crowie posted 11-03-2021 10:14 PM 1186 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With the lockdown now easing the Local Community Club has now been allowed to restart its gymnastic program but after over 4 months of closure’s we need to do some fund raising.

With my wife as Head Coach and Program Co-coordinator she always coming up with creative ideas to keep the club going and running smoothly.

This fund raiser suggestion was something very different for me, could you make a nice letterbox! So the hunt was on for a design/pattern. I settled on something similar to our own metal letterbox as it has served us very well this past 35 years.

I had some wide secondhand Spotted Gum decking boards in the stash, so through the thicknesser they went taking them down to a little over 1/2” [13mm], along with plugging the screw holes.

I joined two boards, 5” [130mm] wide, glued and biscuited together to give a decent 10” [260mm] width.
The base is an offcut of hardwood flooring.

The box is screwed together and glued with epoxy then the joins are sealed with Starbond Medium Thick CA for waterproofing.

The lid is oversize to also assist with waterproofing.

The finish is another homemade wipe-on-poly but this time I’ve used exterior grade gloss clear as the base, 4 coats.
Wipe-On-Poly – 30% Tung Oil, 40% Clear Gloss Polyurethane, 30% Mineral Turps….

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





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crowie

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#1 posted 11-03-2021 10:27 PM

Forgot the raw timber photos with Papa Smurf and Handy…

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

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recycle1943

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#2 posted 11-03-2021 10:32 PM

That should certainly do the job – nice work peter

-- 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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#3 posted 11-03-2021 10:42 PM

Nice work on the box. That will get some good use and hold up well!

Cheers, JIm

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

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Eric

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#4 posted 11-04-2021 12:07 AM

Nicely done Peter, and for a wonderful cause.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#5 posted 11-04-2021 12:43 AM

That’s a very solid unit Peter. I’m sure it will last a longtime, nice job

-- Kerry, Melbourne Australia

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#6 posted 11-04-2021 01:16 AM

Great job mate, very sturdy and will definitely do the job.
Love the finish.
Thanks for sharing.

Bob

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#7 posted 11-04-2021 01:25 AM

Looks like a nice sturdy box, Peter! Well done!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 11-04-2021 02:57 AM

That should last them for a very long time. Nice job!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 11-04-2021 05:56 AM

Beautiful rustic style!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 11-04-2021 08:19 AM

If I ever need a fundraiser I know where I have to be.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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#11 posted 11-04-2021 04:55 PM

Nice box crowie! I hope it gets filled up with plenty of cash! The hasp for a lock is a good idea on this box!

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

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crowie

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#12 posted 11-04-2021 08:41 PM

Thank you ladies and gentlemen for your kind words of encouragement.

It was a fun project with some beautiful old timber repurposed.

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

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#13 posted 11-05-2021 02:01 AM

Looks great – I hope it brings in a lot at the fundraiser.

The spotted gum is pretty (looks bit like walnut). How workable is it?

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crowie

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#14 posted 11-05-2021 02:32 AM



Looks great – I hope it brings in a lot at the fundraiser.

The spotted gum is pretty (looks bit like walnut). How workable is it?

- BB1

The Spotted Gum is good hardwood, very durable often with some gorgeous figure & grain. It machines well but saying that it’s quite hard timber.

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

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#15 posted 11-05-2021 09:44 AM

Crowded – thanks for the added information.
Again – nice project!

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