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A friend asked if I would make him a post office mail box for his office like the one pictured. The current box has 91 cubbies, but the new one would be about 50, so he says.

It has been a lively FaceBook post today. I told him I was really busy these days. He said 30 days was no problem. :-) I said when I finish the current kitchen cabinets, our kitchen is next so he would have to negotiate with my wife! :-)

I guess we shall see. A few more dollars in the kitty will help offset the cash outlay for our kitchen.

I don't want to turn him down unless there is no way out. He was one of a bunch of our fishing friends that helped repair our house after Hurricane Ike a few years ago. I was in bad health due to a heart condition and we had a lot of water damage from the roof tearing off in several places.

So, how would you build this thing? I am thinking dadoes...a bunch of dadoes.

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Torsion box.....interlocking slots

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I don't have any idea how to do that. :-(

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I'm trying to find you an example Mike... It would be quite efficient to make.....

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=...art=43&ndsp=24

once you have the dimensions you want, just frame it out to fit where its going

a close up of the interlocking joint.
http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=...art=67&ndsp=25

This pic though not to the scale you'd be looking at, gives a pretty good representation of how it would go together. Cut the slot to the right width and depth and you end up with a
really nice fit:

https://leavingcelestia.files.wordpr...nestorage1.jpg

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I see. Thanks. It appears to cubbies are deep enough for magazines to fit so how would the slots be cut? I suppose they would be 5 1/2 - 6 inches deep each way.

Maybe I should search You Tube later tonight.

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I'm not a veteran woodworker but with you on dadoes...all evenly spaced so should be a snap on table saw... likewise for cutting all the shelves... same fence location for all dadoes, same for shelves...

Good luck getting it prioritized.

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I'm not a veteran woodworker but with you on dadoes...all evenly spaced so should be a snap on table saw... likewise for cutting all the shelves... same fence location for all dadoes, same for shelves...

Good luck getting it prioritized.

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Thanks Nick. I am waiting to hear back from him. Before doing anything, I need to take a close look at what he already has and get some idea of what exactly he wants.

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Since this will not be supporting a lot of weight, what about putting it together with biscuits & glue?

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I'm liking the idea of using a dado on a table saw and interlocking the pieces . Shouldn't a spacer jig setup like doing a finger joint help keep it consistent ?
Those sure look meticulous to build Mike, wow !
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the slots can be cut with 1/4" cutter using a template..

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