Bungalow Mailboxes R Us (Revised)

Category: Accents

I am REALLY ready for a new mailbox.

Currently, our mailperson drops our mail through a mail SLOT in the door. And when that junk mail hits the tile floor and mail door *SLAMS* shut, it sounds like a gun has gone off in the house.

Dave the Cat and I have frequently been caught off guard by this. Which is why there are fresh nail marks in the ceiling.

So I long for a new mailbox that will look good against the light color our stucco will be someday and which fits the "4 square pattern" that we found in the house.

Which led me to that mailbox up there...the Glasgow Mailbox from Arroyo Craftsman.

I was researching price and went first to what I always assume is a good spot for a deal, thebrightspot.com. They have the mailbox for $133.

But then! Here was the same mailbox at LightingForum.com for...$115!

I am so confused. It has the same manufacturer but very different prices!

Lesson learned: Shop around. Don't assume that the attractiveness of a site is a distinct correlation to the price you'll expect to pay.


p.s. The response from Pops inspired me to put up a picture of the MOST EXPENSIVE mailbox I found when scooting around on the internet last night. Here goes...

Was it THIS mailbox for $374.00?

Nope.

Was it THIS mailbox for $2288.00?

Why, yes. Yes, it was. For the price of a 1998 Plymouth Neon with airbags and a CD player...

...you could have the mailbox instead.

Or you could buy the Neon and probably still have a little money left over to buy this mailbox from Smith & Hawken for $99.00:

Or this perfectly sweet little mailbox from Ace Hardware for $14.99...

Life. All of these great choices, eh?


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Comments

PLUS you get free shipping at LightingForum.com, so you'll save even MORE money! How did you find that mailbox in the first place? Where can I look online for classic mailboxes?

Will I get a quicker response if I tell you I may get one from Home Depot? - haha ;)

Here is a link that shows how to make an Arts & Crafts mailbox with a CRM motif in it. assuming that you want to build one from scratch. It might be a nice winter project(not that you already have enough to do!)I plan on making one. it's really quite nice!
P.s. you have a great web site. I have been following your progress from day one. My wife and I are moving closer to buying a vintage arts/crafts (more prairie styled) home in Aurora,Il.
Keep up the good work.
to paraphrase: "long live the vintage home"

http://www.popularwoodworking.com/features/fea1.html


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Bungalow Mailbox

This project was by request. As I live in the ’burbs and have to walk to the curb to pick up my bills, a mailbox mounted next to my front door would be purely decorative. But a friend lucky enough to have postal delivery right to his door asked if I could come up with an appropriate design for his Arts & Crafts-style bungalow home.

After a little research I settled on a design reminiscent of the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Arguably Scotland’s greatest 20th century architect and designer, Mackintosh inspired much of the European Arts & Crafts movement during the early 1900s. A stylized flower motif is found on many of his pieces.

Mostly Glue • The joinery for the box is primarily glue and butt joints, utilizing the long grain-to-long grain orientation of the sides, back and front. The bottom, however sits in a tongue-and-groove joint between the front and back pieces to allow the wood to move.
After cutting the pieces according to the Schedule of Materials, cut a 1/4" x 1/8" rabbet on the underside of the two long edges of the bottom. This will leave a 1/8" x 1/8" tongue on the front and back of the bottom (photo one, left). Then cut the dadoes on the inside bottom of the front and back pieces by setting the rip fence for 1/2" and the blade height to 3/16" (photo one, right).

Adding the Angles • Now cut the sides of the mailbox on an angle so you can attach the mailbox to your house without cramming a tool inside the box. The sides slope at a 25-degree angle with the front edge measuring 9" tall and the back edge 11" tall.
Now cut the chamfer on the underside of the lid. The front and two sides are chamfered at a 45-degree angle on the table saw, leaving a 3/16" flat edge to the top of the lid. The back edge of the lid is cut at a 25-degree angle to mate with the box's back.

Detailing the Back • To add another Mackintosh feature, I cut a four-square pattern centered in the top of the curved back.
First mark the location of the four-square pattern as shown on the diagram. Use a 3/8" drill bit to remove most of the waste from the squares. Then use a chisel and a triangular file to clean up the cuts. To make the curve, draw a 6" radius along the top edge of the back and cut to the mark on the band saw.
After sanding, you're ready to glue up the box. The front is set back 1/4" on the sides, while the back is flush to the back edge. The bottom is left loose in the assembly.
Now cut out the applied detail from 1/8" stock on the scroll saw.

Finishing Touches
Before gluing the flower to the box, stain the box a rustic-looking gray-brown by applying a black aniline dye wash. The wash was made by diluting the dye eight-to-one with denatured alcohol. I then colored the flower and stem pieces with undiluted aniline dye. Attach the flower pieces using cyanoacrylate glue. To finish, use a coat of spar urethane for outdoor protection.
The final tasks are installing a small jewelry box continuous hinge for the lid and the copper magazine hooks. I made the hooks from a couple pieces of 3/4" copper tubing. Flatten the piece with a dead blow hammer, then use a ball-peen hammer to add a dimpled, hand-hammered appearance. I then "antiqued" the copper using a product called Patina Green from a company called Modern Options (415-252-5580). The product quickly adds a nice green patina.
Now screw the two hooks to the back, and the mailbox is ready to hang. PW

--David Thiel, PW staff

BOTTOM JOINERY • The bottom fits into the front and back pieces using a tongue and groove method. The sides are not attached to the bottom, and in fact the bottom is cut to allow a 1/16" gap on either side. Should water happen to get into the mailbox, these gaps will allow it to escape rather than pool up in the bottom.

TOP CHAMFER • The top is chamfer cut on three edges, and angle cut on the back edge. By moving my rip fence to the left of the blade, my right-tilt saw is able to make the cuts safely, allowing the waste to fall away from the blade.

FOUR-SQUARE • After drilling the holes, use a 1/8" chisel and a triangular file to clean up the hole. The top left hole is shown after drilling, while the two lower holes have been completed.

Schedule of Materials: Bungalow Mailbox

No.
Item
Dimensions
Material

2
Sides
3/8" x 4 1/2" x 11
White Oak

1
Front
3/8" x 6" x 9"
White Oak

1
Back
3/8" x 6" x 13"
White Oak

1
Bottom
3/8" x 3 11/16" x 5 7/8"
White Oak

1
Top
3/8" x 5" x 7 3/4"
White Oak

1
Applied detail
1/8" x 6" x 9"
White Oak

2 12" lengths of 3/4" copper pipe


AH! I have to confess...my research on this type of thing happens over the internet during bouts of insomnia.

Next confession...I generally just plug in the words "mailbox wallmount" to Yahoo Shopping! and Froogle, I then hunt around from there.

I also use eBay and Tias.com...you can find some original things that just need a little refurbishing.

Or you can search for "Mailbox Wallmount" or "Mailbox Mission" or "mailbox copper" or whatever specifics you want directly on Google. That often turns up interesting possibilities.

Super cool mailbox project!!! I love it and thanks for sending it!

(Love that Dard Hunter Rose)

$130 for a mail box??WOW!!! What's it made of, Platinum???POPS"30"

Jeannie,

I spent a goodly while looking at the Dard Hunter rose design tiles the other day. Its quite a good design - simple but distinctive and it stays etched in your mind's eye. If it weren't for the copyright and ethical issues, I could make them for a fraction of the cost they have them going for.

SD

Jeanne, xoxo from Libertyville... my neighbor just recently replaced her mailbox (it was similar in design to the arts and crafts) because it was difficult to retreive small mail items... she couldn't reach all the way down. Now I suppose if you were to attach the mailbox a bit lower this would not be an issue... we ended up silver-buffing a black horizontal box so that it would go with her nickel door knob... lovely

Oh oh oh!!! We LOVE MSchaffer from Libertyville!!!! How's it goin', my Scient sistah?!

Hey cool! Our friend, "R", found yet another interesting option for a bungalow mailbox that we hadn't seen yet... click here to check it out.

 

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