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  1. #11
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    I am impressed on how your mailbox turned out. I really like the duck. Your weld pattern actually looks like feathers, and the flaring the duck’s bill adds a whimsical look. I also like how you simplified the fabrication by making the mailbox and the roof as separate units.

    Thanks for sharing your pictures.

    Zann
    www.zannjones.com

  2. #12
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    I see all sorts of designs for mail boxes. I was under the impression that the postal service had to approve boxes before they would put mail in them. I only ask because I am thinking about replacing my GF's box soon but don't want to build something the post office won't use. Has anyone ever had problems with a "custom" mailbox not being 'legal' (for lack of a better term)?
    Jim

  3. #13
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    I thought about printing on the door with black sharpie. ( approved for U.S. Mail ) Thats probably a bad idea tho.

    I also thought if the mail man has a problem I would take the door off and put a smaller mail box inside of this one.

    I can only hope.

    Tom

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    Well, if all else fails, you can always take the roof off and put it on a "regular" mailbox. (But how boring would that be ? ....)

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    As a 30 year carrier letter carrier,you should ask the carrier what you are going to do before you make a new mailbox,as long as it is big enough for the mail you receive(the bigger the better and easier for parcels as well),I'm only concerned about the inside rather than the outside as long as it is tasteful.He probably will be happy for easy access to the box(and if it's a drive up to delivery it should be at the right height for access too). I do have a couple of personal mailboxes and have seen pictures of many different kinds across the nation. Let your carrier know what you are doing for replacing the old one.

  6. #16
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    As a 30 year carrier letter carrier,you should ask the carrier
    First of all, I would like to say thanks for making the mail happen.

    The box is to be located at my Dads lake house, I am not sure but I think with my Dads diet, that the mail carrier probably gets more smacks then good old Dad. He plans on asking the next time they see the carrier. Its pretty laid back down there so it shouldn't be a problem.

    One of the reasons for making the new box is that they receive there meds in the mail mostly, and a standard box just isn't big enough sometimes. Hopefully this will make it so all the mail fits and the carrier does not have to leave a note or ring the bell. Without going out and checking I believe that I made it 13 wide and 20 deep by 11 tall. That should fit lots of pills.

    Maybe you can tell me if this is true or not, I heard it from a friend.

    That the carrier's job is to deliver the mail, and that mail pickup (outgoing ) mail is a courtesy of the carrier.

    Thanks
    Tom

    Miller 211 A.S. and Spoolmate 100
    Stickmate LX 235 AC / 160 DC.
    Clarke 180 EN Just in case
    Spectrum 375 X-Treme.
    O/A Medium Radnor Torch, Large Victor Torch.
    Milwaukee 14" Chop Saw.
    4 x 6 Horizontal Band Saw.
    Rockworth 80 Gallon 2 Stage 16 SCFM @ 175 PSI , 15 SCFM @ 90 PSI.
    Jackson Passive shade #5 for the plasma.
    I almost forgot the Hobart XVP AD Hood.


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    If you mean outgoing mail(like your bills,catalog orders,correspondence mail),it's not a courtesy,as long as you have your flag up it's required we take your outgoing mail.

  8. #18
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    way cool mail box, i gotta look into making one.
    thanks for the help
    ......or..........
    hope i helped

    feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. james@newyorkmetalart.com
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  9. #19
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    Very nice i bet your going to have the coolest box in the neighborhood.What do you bet the orders will be coming in from your neighbors real soon.Unfortunately i live so far out in the sticks if i make a mail box it will have to be armored.
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  10. #20
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    Thank You oiw.

    Yes I agree it will be the coolest mailbox on the block. I have No intension of making this mailbox for anyone, other then this one as a gift.

    1. The idea belongs to Zann. I respect that, and would not take another's ideas and profit from it.

    2. Its a cool conversation piece, If I was to make them for all the neighbors it wouldn't be cool anymore.

    Now if someone wants to sketch up there own crazy idea, then I would be glad to work out a deal of some sort.

    See I have this disease called brain block. You want me to draw it ur sh!t out of luck. You show me an idea and I can make it, well most of the time anyways. I may not know how to do it but I will give it one he!! of a shot. Right now I weld for fun. If the day comes that I could retire and have a small shop doing small odds and ends then that would be great. But for now I do it because I can and I enjoy doing it.

    Miller 211 A.S. and Spoolmate 100
    Stickmate LX 235 AC / 160 DC.
    Clarke 180 EN Just in case
    Spectrum 375 X-Treme.
    O/A Medium Radnor Torch, Large Victor Torch.
    Milwaukee 14" Chop Saw.
    4 x 6 Horizontal Band Saw.
    Rockworth 80 Gallon 2 Stage 16 SCFM @ 175 PSI , 15 SCFM @ 90 PSI.
    Jackson Passive shade #5 for the plasma.
    I almost forgot the Hobart XVP AD Hood.


    Projects and Misc Albums
    http://picasaweb.google.com/keesfriend Feel Free to Have a Look ( Just keep in mind I am an amateur )

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