Farmhouse mailbox numbers

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Project by daltxguy posted 07-03-2011 01:01 AM 3377 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m helping to bring a farm back to life and there was no mailbox by the road. There was a heap of mailboxes lying around but had the wrong numbers since I guess the properties have been renumbered since then.

To start the renovation and restoration of postal delivery, I need new numbers, so used the opportunity to have a go at some carving.

The font for the numbers was borrowed from the previous numbers. I had to make a few up.
Wood is a old piece of pine barnboard. It should last a while but probably not forever.
Hand carved with chisels and gouges and a mallet.
Finished with raw linseed oil.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#1 posted 07-03-2011 03:15 AM

I love it. The old style is so appealing to me.
How did you get the dark and the light differences?

-- ~Julie~

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#2 posted 07-03-2011 03:28 AM

Julie – That’s just the difference between the weathering/patina of the wood and the ‘fresh’ wood on the inside.
I didn’t do anything but carve and oil.

This farm is probably well over 150 years old and most of the barns are likely between 100 and 150 yo. There are some timber framed with hand hewn timbers and some log buildings. The timber framed barns are clad with pine boards. So this piece of wood could be well over 200+ years old from when it first started growing.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#3 posted 07-03-2011 03:43 AM

That’s great, I love pine, but didn’t think it would get that dark. Then again, it’s really old.
Are you doing anything else with the wood?

-- ~Julie~

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#4 posted 07-03-2011 05:41 AM

This is real neat Steve, love the way you dodged around that knot, great country look :))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 07-03-2011 06:25 PM

This is a wonderfull idea, and a mighty fine carving job. There definantly is somthing appealing about aged aged wood.
(and as a courier thank you for posting your numbers!)

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#6 posted 07-04-2011 03:50 AM

Julie – there’s plenty more wood and I have plenty of ideas but I will likely run out of time. I am only on the farm for another 2 months. I also have a limited set of tools – hand tools only – and I am still cobbling together the set since I could not bring very much from New Zealand ( the farm is in Canada).

Thanks pete and wayne!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#7 posted 07-04-2011 12:52 PM

Really nice, wonderful old style and just the right finish.
I like the numbers you used, they makes it classy.
How are you my bucket friend?
Best thougts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 07-04-2011 02:23 PM

Gorgeous. I’m planning some of my own.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#9 posted 10-10-2011 04:18 PM

Outstanding work! Like the others have stated, the numbering and the contrast in the wood is just magnificent! As I viewed the photos, I had the same question in mind as Julie did – how did you get that finish? Very neat to learn it was the difference from the weathered wood and what was underneath.

-- Harold

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#10 posted 10-10-2011 04:20 PM

looks great. I like the feel it has to it.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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