Thursday, December 15, 2011

Custom Mailbox

Custom mailbox? Why, you might ask? Well, some people like to have nice things. And sometimes they realize it'll cost them the same (or less) to get someone to make a custom thingy for them, then to go out and buy it. eg. if I'm going to spend $3000 on a purse I'd like it to have my name on it instead of Coco's.

So the client says "I want this", I draw it and he or she says "yes" or "no" (everybody likes to know what to expect).

Then it basically comes down to "how to make it". Fairly easy in this case. Here's a tip: If you don't have the tools & the know-how, DON'T learn on something that you can't fuck-up. Learn on your own time & your own projects & apply it when you know what your doing. I mention this because... nevernind....

All the pieces. The steel I had cut elsewhere because it was ultimately cheaper (& faster) in the end.

 Test fitting the box before the steel gets sent off for galvanizing. Note the two button magnets on the back.

The mailbox after galvanizing & installation. The wood is Douglas Fir, it got a coat of oil-base clear coat - same as the house.

The idea, and the reasoning behind the design is that the mailbox matches the house (also custom). Because it was tall & narrow it had to be made more accessible, it pivots down so you can grab the mail. The magnets I mentioned earlier are the rare-earth kind; strong enough to hold the heavy box in place.

The nice thing about getting somthing custom made is that, if it's done right, it does exactly what you want it to do, it looks the way you like it, and yes, it's expensive..

...But you have the only one.

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