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A couple years ago I bought 16 PO doors on eBay.  I've been so busy with other things that I just never got to them but after seeing the latest and greatest posted here I thought I'd try my hand at a few.
My first one was sassafras with a leopard wood coin slot  -  I wasn't too happy with it so I made 3 walnut copy cats using curly Koa for the coin slot.
I did copy (not ashamed) someone here that used the Kreg style flat shoulder square drive screw to attach the top.  I like that image, it lends to an industrial look that seems to be popular now.   The bottom is glued and doweled, corners are mitered with a 1/8" dowel for a very slight support factor and the coin slot is merely glued in place
A couple are already spoken for and I'll take several to Canton Art Museum for their gift shop

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looks like you had some good inspiration Dick. nice job. 

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Love the industrial looking tops, fits right in with the doors. Nice work Dick!
Really nice work Dick.  The Walnut one looks great but there ain't nothing wrong with that Sassafras either!
did you clean the doors on the lighter color ones Dick ? 

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They all look great - nice job!
Very nice job. All these beautiful PO box door boxes lately, good to see.
Nicely done

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

you take those to the show you do every year selling your lamps and bowls and ill bet you wont bring any home ?

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Pottz  -  Yeah, I copied yours,  I thought the screws made it look finished.  That's a 3 day show & you're probably right
Splint - Thanks, sometimes copying is OK
Kenny  -  I thought the Sassafras would get a little darker with the finish - That's the second time this year I was wrong
Tony  -  yeah I wire brushed with a stainless brush
Steve  -  Thanks for looking 
Jeff  -  did you notice I didn't even try to copy your creations  ?  
Ryan  -  Thanks

 did you notice I didn't even try to copy your creations  ?   

Of coarse, you would be welcome to if you wished. 

 yeah I wire brushed with a stainless brush 

I use a mix of coke and ammonia and an old tooth brush. Cleans them up great but don't make a shine. For stiff tumblers, I use a bit of dawn dish detergent. I've had some that were so crusty, I had to take the tumblers apart and clean. To get a shine, I have used very fine sandpaper but that will take the clear coat off the exposed brass. These look in great shape for 1950's doors. 

Of coarse, you would be welcome to if you wished. 

Our talents are on a different level - pretty sure I'll not reach yours, but Thanks

I use a mix of coke and ammonia and an old tooth brush. Cleans them up great but don't make a shine. For stiff tumblers, I use a bit of dawn dish detergent. I've had some that were so crusty, I had to take the tumblers apart and clean. To get a shine, I have used very fine sandpaper but that will take the clear coat off the exposed brass. These look in great shape for 1950's doors. 

I've been lucky so far with the tumblers. It seems that a small drop of clock oil has been able to smooth them out so far. I bought a shrink pack of 2" brushes, brass, stainless and stiff fiber.  They all have a use in my shop from shining, waxing threads and polishing brass.  I did use some 400 grit on one door, it shines real nice but the varnish finish is gone.  Now I wonder how long it will take to get ugly.  




Great looking boxes.  The wood used and the design really makes them stand out. Excellent job.
my bad Dick, thank you for the compliment of being copied. there is no greater way to honor someone ! thanks bud !

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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