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Project by GlennsGrandson posted 02-05-2013 05:49 AM 1964 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My friend that I work my “professional” job with also works as a janitor/maintenance man at a nearby church. They needed a better mail organization system (which still may need some numbers or something)... so he says, “hey, I have this woodworking friend!” (maybe not an exact quote).. and here we are.

Although I did enjoy being able to use the new/used bandsaw and table saw of mine (recent acquirements) and did do some sweet, tight dadoing on the plywood case, I am soon learning the pitfalls of being a woodworker (everyone wants something).

It is yellow birch ply (3/4” on the sides, bottom, top and 1/2” on the back). I wish I had gotten a picture of the back, I was really pleased with my dado’s and miters on this project (most likely due to my recent tool upgrades). The shelves are 1/8” hardboard with a curve cut out on the front for easy grabbing of mail (done on the band saw with a template screwed to 6-8 of them at a time). It has 1/4’ oak on the front to cover the ply… I encouraged 3/4” oak ply but where my friend went (the orange box store), he said that they didn’t have the 2’x4’ sheets there so he got yellow birch. It is stained with Minwax Golden Oak (not the hardboard though), he still will need to put some sort of protective coating on it though.

It is what it is but I think that it turned out rather well. While I do not particularly like other people coming up with “projects” for me (as if woodworkers don’t have enough things that they want to build) we are lucky that we both enjoy hanging out with one another. So it gives us a reason to get together and we can maybe accomplish something at the same time.

Also: I know that there are some stickers left on the hardboard, they will be removed and they are no longer my problem (so I am told).

As always, thanks to everyone for looking and all comments are welcome.

-- Grant - N Dakota

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#1 posted 02-05-2013 05:54 AM

Nice job on this sir. Cleanly done.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 02-05-2013 03:16 PM

Good looking mail box. Like the miter joints at top. I thought it was a sandpaper rack to start with..

You will soon learn you are a very popular feller around. Everyone that comes to my house says I want this or that. Course most are kinfolk so maney usually isn’t brought up by them. Haaa Haaa

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#3 posted 02-05-2013 03:20 PM

Well done we all know how you feel. Blondie would have killed me for taking pictures with stickers on, I think she takes them off on the way home LOL Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 02-05-2013 03:52 PM

Nice work, and for a good cause.

When people find out that you’re handy, you’re booked solid. In January and February, besides the woodworking projects my wife has listed for me on the fridge, I have made a mini piano and full-size swingset for the high school’s musical, need to build a play kitchen for the babysitter’s son, and need to help the neighbor replace his stair treads.

The way I look at it is that it’s guaranteed shop time.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#5 posted 02-05-2013 06:00 PM

Looks great. Well Done

-- Building quality in a throw away world.

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#6 posted 02-06-2013 12:47 AM

very nice mailbox.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#7 posted 02-06-2013 01:53 PM

If you are not already retired—it will only get ‘worse’ when you do.
I’m discovering that every phone call starts with—-
“Since you aren’t doing anything – - – - -”

-- Those who insist it can't be done - should politely refrain from interrupting those who are doing it.

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#8 posted 02-06-2013 07:08 PM

Haha, thanks everyone.

I am a 25 year old X-Ray tech going back to school to be a PA.

Lots to look forward to I guess!

-- Grant - N Dakota

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#9 posted 04-13-2013 01:46 PM

GlennsGrandson- nice job on the mailbox. its true about the pitfalls of being a woodworker, people will volunteer you for jobs… “yeah we can ask (insert name here), he loves building stuff” And the better you get, the more stuff you get asked to build.

MyFathersSon – my friends dad said he was busier after he retired than when he was working. So busy, he said, that he almost went back to work… Almost…

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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