Art Deco (ish) Bank

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Project by Dkol posted 07-24-2012 03:35 PM 3894 views 11 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got a couple of these Post Office doors from a friend. What else to do with them but make a bank? Went with a Art Deco (ish) design that hopefully goes with the style of the door. I made a prototype with MDF to work out the design. Walnut and Curly Maple, finished with a seal coat of Garnet Shellac and then Wipe-on Poly.

The Bank is 5×3.5×6 inches.


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#1 posted 07-24-2012 03:42 PM

That is really, really nice!! You did a great job integrating the door with the wood. Well done!

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#2 posted 07-24-2012 03:44 PM

Nicely done ! How big is it ? Maple and walnut – a winning combination.

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#3 posted 07-24-2012 10:06 PM


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#4 posted 07-24-2012 10:43 PM

Nice bank!

I recently acquired a few of these PO box doors as well (same design as you are showing here). I don’t have anything planned like your design, but want to get a little bank done for my 6 month daughter. I have not yet figured out the best way to attach the door. What method did you use to attach the door to the wood front?

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#5 posted 07-24-2012 10:45 PM

Much fun!

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#6 posted 07-25-2012 12:10 AM


Mounting the door was a bit tricky, not much space to work with. The opening needs to be fairly close to the width of the mounting flange (with holes) on the frame of the door. I positioned the door where I wanted it, opened the door and marked the placement of the screws. Ideally you could use a small drill driver with a right angle attachment and a stubby drill bit to drill the holes. Since I did not have one I hand drilled the holes with a counter sink bit, it took a while, but it kept me from over drilling through the side. I waxed the screws and drove them in with a #1 hex bit and tightened them using a 1/4” wrench. Do not over tighten or you can spring the frame and the door will not open.

Hope this helps.


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#7 posted 07-25-2012 12:28 PM

Good thinking and a nice twist on the design.

I like it,

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#8 posted 06-23-2017 11:08 AM

You did a very nice job on this bank.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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