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How to Make a Mail Holder: Tutorial from Bruce Johnson

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Uploaded on Apr 11, 2011

http://minwax.tv/MailHolder Here's a fun and easy project for making a key and mail holder from an old window shutter. If your shutter is made of pine, you'll want to start by adding some Minwax wood conditioner. Because pine tends to turn splotchy when it's stained, the conditioner helps even out the stain on certain woods. The Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner comes in a water based formula, which will also dry quickly. After applying the conditioner, give the wood a light sanding to remove any fuzziness. Then you can pick out your favorite color of stain and apply it with a foam brush and wipe off any extra stain.

Next you'll need to attach a piece of plywood to the back of the shutter, so your mail doesn't fall through the slats. Stain the plywood just as you did the shutter, and attach it with some small brads to tack it to the back. Then, screw in two eyelets to the back and connect with picture frame wire.

To protect your finish, you can use a water based finish because you used a water based stain. Apply two or three coats of Minwax Polycrylic to protect your finish. This also comes in an aerosol spray can, which makes for an easy application for the shutter.

Finally, you can add a few hooks on the bottom of the shutter so you have a place to hang your keys.

This is an easy, low-cost project that will add some organizational flare to your home.

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