Wooden mailbox

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Project by Kaleb the Swede posted 02-18-2013 06:27 PM 4126 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the wooden mailbox I finished just a little bit before joining lumberjocks. I made it out of cedar and spruce. It started as something to just mess around with. I screwed up a lot but I figured I would keep going just for the fun of it. Needless to say it actually didn’t turn out too bad. To make sure it didn’t leak I caulked it with silicone. I then stained it with min wax early American. And six coats of Cabot spar varnish. I then put it together and like any good former commercial fisherman I put a hose on it full blast for five minutes with a piece of paper inside. Surprisingly it didn’t leak. The mailman appreciates it and the wife likes it. In case your wondering about how I got the flag so perfectly triangular (which I don’t see why anyone would) it’s because it’s the inside of a speed square. Hope you like it

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#1 posted 02-19-2013 12:09 AM

Now THAT is a fine looking mailbox!! I really like the way you did the roof. What keeps it closed? Magnets? Thanks for posting this.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#2 posted 02-19-2013 02:23 AM

Now that’s a verry nice looking Mail Receptacle. And I have seen a few in my day.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#3 posted 02-19-2013 02:25 AM

It’s just a cheap cabinet and roller close latch from ace hardware. Nothing special. Thanks guys

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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woodshaver Tony C

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#4 posted 02-19-2013 04:32 AM

Good looking mail box! Much beter looking than those store bought ones!

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

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#5 posted 02-19-2013 01:18 PM

That is a very attractive mail box. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 02-19-2013 10:02 PM

the funny thing about this… is that just last week I went out to my mailbox….to find that the county plow pretty much murdered my new steel box when they cleared out the road from the recent blizzard. It’s not a small mailbox either, at 28” cubed. So I beat out the major dents and tweaked the door to make it close… kinda.

And then I thought “I wonder if I could rebuild this thing outta wood instead?—then the plow could hit it, and not dent the snot out of it….” All boxes are mounted on swing-posts thanks to our tax dollars and the county over the past few years. So a wooden box might just live longer than thin steely does. .... in theory anyway. Seeing your work here makes me wanna give it a crack

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#7 posted 02-20-2013 04:10 PM

Like the design, looks good and well made. Will be used and enjoyed for many years. Great work!

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