Post Office Door Box Coin Bank

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Project by Max posted 01-15-2014 10:39 PM 15691 views 8 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have made quite of few of these Post Office Door Banks to sell both online and at a Art Market that I do a couple of times a year. This one I decided to do the joinery a little differently. I usually use box joints or straight spline joints on them but this one I decided to use a dovetail spline. I constructed a sled that I could use on my router table to cut the dovetail slots.

The wood is reclaimed walnut from an old book case carcass that my father had and the maple splines are from some scrap that I had around the shop. The door is a Corbin 1962 Nickle Plated door. Thanks for looking…..

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#1 posted 01-15-2014 10:44 PM

Beautiful job Max.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 01-15-2014 10:45 PM

@Karson, Thank you so much.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#3 posted 01-15-2014 11:06 PM

Nice work Max.
Man that is some beautiful walnut. And the splines look great.

I have some door fronts from about 35 years ago. Never have done anything with them. Maybe this will inspire me.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 01-15-2014 11:11 PM

Great job Max. Any chance of you posting a pic of the sled with some measurements? Also a little info on how you cut the splines to fit. I may want to copy another one of your ideas. You have become a well of ideas for me.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#5 posted 01-15-2014 11:20 PM

@Steve, You are very kind, I appreciate the compliment.

@John, I would be to embarrassed to post a picture of the little sled it is nothing special but will send you a pic. Thank you for the compliment. I used the router table with a dovetail bit to make the splines on a wide piece of 1/2” maple and then ripped them free.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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Matt (MWA Woodworks)

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#6 posted 01-16-2014 03:07 AM

Nice work my man. I love the creative way of re-purposing the door.

Just out of curiosity, what would a man have to give to get one of these banks?

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#7 posted 01-16-2014 03:49 AM

@Matt, Thanks for the compliment, I really appreciate it. These sell for a wide range of prices on eBay and Etsy, depending on the age of the door and the quality of the craftsmanship of the box.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#8 posted 01-16-2014 09:19 AM

You do a really nice job of these banks. They are sure to be heirlooms and treasured for generations.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#9 posted 01-16-2014 03:02 PM

@Rick, I really appreciate your compliment, thanks.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#10 posted 01-16-2014 09:20 PM

Another great project. I love the mix of the “old” and the new. I could see that on my boys dresser.
PM me about the Art Market sometime I would like to see your work and any other Wood artists that attend.

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#11 posted 01-16-2014 09:20 PM

Nicely done. Where do you get the coin slots?

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#12 posted 01-16-2014 09:25 PM

@James, Thanks for the compliment.

@ratchet, I appreciate the kind words. I find them online at

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#13 posted 01-17-2014 12:52 AM

Very nice.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#14 posted 01-17-2014 12:57 AM

@Roger, Thank you for the compliment.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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Marty 529

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#15 posted 01-17-2014 03:13 PM

Love it. Re-purposing at its best. Nice P.O. Box door with beautiful craftsmanship on the box. Well done :)

-- Marty, Ohio

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