Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Funky Junk Mailbox
I'm not the only one who enjoys playing around with old stuff and junk. My hubby gets quite a thrill out of it too. In fact, he has been spending some quality time in the shop making us a new mailbox.
Our last mailbox got hit not once but twice this winter. One time by the snowplow driver and one time by a large piece of machinery being pulled down our road. Enough already.....in my husband's opinion, it was time to build an indestructible one!
I am talking heavy metal, pipe and springs. His creation is perhaps like nothing you have ever seen before. We went scavenging, with permission of course, at two different neighbor's junk piles. We also had one trip to the salvage yard, two trips to the Co-op, and a metal shop. I helped only slightly as we repurposed garage door springs and old chain. The idea is that when this "Funky Junk Mailbox" gets hit by the snowplow.........it is supposed to SPRING back. We did get an OK from the County Road and Bridge Department!
All the parts and pieces were left as found, some old rusty parts, and some new shiny ones as well.
He even created the flag out of metal.
Hubby also created his own numbers out of strap metal and welded them on the side so you can see them as you drive by from town. I always tell him that we need our address numbers out by the road so the ambulance driver can find us!
The inside of the mailbox resembles a smoker or grill. He designed this to keep the mail dry if snow or rain gets in. You might think he got carried away, but he was having soooo much fun welding!
So far this "Funky Junk Mailbox" has certainly been a conversation piece. Friends and neighbors have stopped by to comment. In fact, even the Mailman left us a sweet note stating, "Good Job.....love your new mailbox!"
We'll see how well it holds up to abuse. But, in the meantime, we'll enjoy seeing all the passerbys slow down, stare...and try to figure out just what the heck it is!!!!!!!
Happy Spring, (really)