Very Special Wooden Coin Bank – Made using PO Box door from 1958

Welcome back. Well, I said I wasn’t going
to do any more project videos that weren’t turnings, but I’m gonna make an
exception for this one. My sister-in-law is letter carrier. Has been for I don’t know, 34 – 35 years and she’s getting ready to retire in October. This month… the end of this month. So since she’s a letter carrier I’ve got this old P. O. box door and I’m gonna make her a coin bank. A commemorative bank. I’m gonna have her name and flowery
design etched in the glass and have a graph of braa… mumbling… and have a brass plaque made to go on this. But
I’ve already cut these to shape. I’m gonna make a U.S. post office style drop
box. Remember the old big blue boxes? I’ve made several of these in the past. I’ve
got this cut up and ready to go. I need some more of this stock to go in the
bottom, but the door will sit in here like this. And this will have a top on it.
Probably a door that opens. I haven’t finished designing it yet. But that’s where I’m going. That’s what
I’m making this time. So stick with me and see how it turns out. I’m milling
this stuff up out of oak flooring. So I just took another couple of pieces. Gonna glue them together. Make another one of these for the bottom. Then I’ll trim it to final size. And this is a long grain to long grain joint so
it’ll be just fine. Okay, now got these two pieces cut to go
into here. I need to start making the pieces to go into here. And I will hand
carve those round after I get them glued in. Because I’m going to take pieces like
this and I’m gonna put them in here. And cut angles on these edges so that they
fit, but I’ll put it in here and go around and then I’ll have some flats to
smooth out. But that’s no big deal. Okay I cut these pieces at an angle so that
they would fit in here. And that will give me enough stuff. And I can sand that down and make it round. And then I’ll start working on this side over here.
I’ll show you what I’m gonna do there. So these are glued up. Let them sit
overnight. I’ll come back in the morning and get back at it. Okay I’ve got this
piece made. I will glue it in right here. I’ve got to shape this angle to match
this angle. And then I will cut a wide dado in here because the coin hoe is
gonna be right here. And I’m putting a dado in here because I’m gonna use this
piece for the door that will open this way to reveal the coin slot. And this is where the brass plaque is gonna go. So gotta get that all figured out. Okay
I’ve got all these angles figured out and taken care of. Now I’ve just got to
figure out the door mechanism and how I want to get it to work without making it
too weak. So what I’m thinking, is I think I’ll use some kind of a… I don’t want to use a dowel. I’m gonna use some kind of a metal rod and epoxy it to the back of this,
have it go into holes over here. But epoxy it to here so it will swing. And
I’ll route out a groove in the back of this to hide it as well and make the slot.
And I’ll be back. Okay I’ve got these… I’ve got all of the slot pieces or all of
these door and mechanism pieces milled. And I will glue these together, but I
need a slot in there so I’m gonna… before I glue this these two pieces up, I’m
gonna take this to the router table and I’m gonna route a dado in here. I’ll just
use the fence to establish this edge and this edge. I’ll make me a slot about… oh an inch and a half wide and probably an eighth inch deep. So when I get that done I’ll be back. What I’ve done is I made a door. I’ve got a copper hinge… basically
epoxied it into it. This is finished and glued up. And I’ve channeled this out. And I’ve been filing away at this to make it nice and smooth and transition.
And I routed our slot in here so this goes in here, this goes here, and this
will all get glued in place when everything’s all said and done.
So there it is. This comes in like this. I’ll have a little handle on this. And
this will come down to put your coins or bills or whatever in it. This goes here. So now all
that’s left for me to do is cut this the same width is this because right now it’s
about 1/32 of an inch too big. Gotta fine tune these edges to make sure that they fit. And then I will glue this all together once I mark and drill my holes
for my screws to hold this in place. And once I get that done I’ll measure the
opening in the back, cut a piece of quarter-inch… I mean 1/8 inch Luan to
go in there and then I can get on with the finishing. Okay this is the dry
assembly done. I gotta sand the edges of this door and
loosen it up a little bit. You can see the coin slot in here… or the bill slot
whatever you want to… whatever she wants to put in it. And the final shape of this
I will do with a big flap sander in my angle grinder when it’s all glued together. So I’ve got the holes marked for the door. So I’m
gonna pop those and drill them out and find the screws I want to use. Okay now I’m gonna take the top of this with my angle grinder. And then the fat boy realized it would
make more sense to rough trim this on the bandsaw to get rid of the bulk. Okay,
I whacked the edges off at the bandsaw. Got a fresh wheel on. And that’s all it takes. Now I’ll sand this
smooth, sand these smooth, get this dyed up. Okay I’ll let this glue set up. Reapply dye
where I need it like on the back, on the inside of this. And then this
is ready for the finish and then putting the door in. That’s pretty much it. Done.
Except for the final applying of dye and finish and installing the door. So
tomorrow I’ll take care of the rest of the dye and maybe some finish. And I’ll
take the door to my glass engraver and get him going on that. I don’t remember
where I was with this on the video. It’s pretty much complete. The finish is on it.
The shape is what it needs to be. The door works. And see the coin slot? I’m
sure I showed you that already. I added this little copper wire handle so that
you can open the door. But one thing I know I didn’t show you…
I had a brass plaque made that shows US Postal Service, the month and year she
started with them and the month and year she retired. And I stamped… I don’t know
if that’s showing or not, but I burned my logo in the bottom. So I’m waiting on the
glass to get done. I’ve got it at an engraver and he’s working on it. He’s
putting her name in the glass and then I will put it in. It’s already drilled and
marked for the screws for the door. So all I’ve got to do when I get it
back is put this in and this puppy’s done. I’ll be back then. I got my door
back with engraving on it. Got this all on and ready to go. So now I’ve got the
door in place. Now I’ll put the screws in and then this will be done. So there’s that
one done. Yeah, I know it wasn’t a turning, but it was an important piece. For
obvious reasons. For my sister-in-law. And she’s worked hard for the post office
for 35 years and I think she deserves it. So thanks for watching. I appreciate it.
I’m not sure exactly when I’m going to post this. But I’ll have another project
out pretty soon. Stay tuned. Come along with us. If you want to support the messy
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27 thoughts on “Very Special Wooden Coin Bank – Made using PO Box door from 1958”

  1. I made one of these for my wife and it looks surprisingly similar to yours, Billy! It was fun watching this, never seen a premier before!

  2. Nice job on that mailbox Billy. Very cool indeed. Nice way to get the curved top using staves. I cut thousands of staves as a wood pattern maker. Warmed my heart to see you do it that way.
    Take care my friend,

  3. Billy Burt, nice work and can feel the love in the work you did for making this. I am sure your wife's sister will be very moved by the work you put into it when she holds it in her hands!

  4. 👍🤚Billy GREAT BUILD so thoughtful of you. Happy Retirement to your sister in law 😄 This project turned out even better then I could imagine. I just know she is going to cherish and love it.
    Always nice seeing you. Thanks for sharing have a good weekend take care 💕

  5. That’s awesome! Such a lovely gift. Please don’t stop doing some projects that aren’t turning Billy!! Loved this 🥰🌲🦊🌲

  6. Beautiful man…but how did you incorporate the skoal can into the final design? 3:08


    Only kidding. I don’t know why you’ve reserved most videos to your lathe, I think the scale models you make of various items are absolutely breathtaking with the detail you put in (of course, not implying your turning videos aren’t anything other than incredible).

    Great video!

  7. Great project, Billy. Congratulations to her and I'm sure she will like it. I always enjoy your non-turning videos and this was no exception.

  8. I think as makers we should be able to branch out and do things in all the directions our minds take us. Not just turning a bowl or pen because your channel says ‘woodturning’. Well done Breaux!

    I will be doing lots of flat stuff on my channel and woodturning.

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