Topic: Some Backlog
Now THIS is really backlog! I made this train mailbox about 25 years ago as a gift for my parents. They no longer have a place to use it so I've got it back - decorating my front porch.
I designed this around an actual mailbox and added the coupula and cow catcher using sheet metal (a friend with a riveter helped with assembly). The funnel is actually a funnel from the hardware store and is screwed on. The bracket for the bell is a curtain rod bracket and it is supposed to have a little bell tied on that is the kind you buy for your birdcage (for the bird to play with). It also used to have a little convex mirror on the handle to represent the headlight.
I used large spaghetti sauce cans for the back wheels and tuna cans for the front. Then I masked off the flag and spray painted it with glossy black paint.
She's all pretty tired looking now after many years in the weather, but I kinda like that look with the wrought iron railings of the porch.