Build a Mailbox

Create a decorative mailbox for some curb appeal.
hdswt113_4aft_mailbox

hdswt113_4aft_mailbox

Decorative Entrance

Decorative Entrance

Materials and Tools:

plywood

two 4x4x8 pressure-treated lumber

four 2x4x8 pressure-treated lumber

mailbox

newspaper box

quick-setting concrete mix

miter box

table saw

tape measure

nail gun

nails

wood glue

paint

paintbrush

Steps:

hdswt113_4bef_mailbox2

hdswt113_4bef_mailbox2

Before: Boring Mailbox

Before: Boring Mailbox

1. Cut the post to the desired height for the mailbox, allowing for 12 inches being underground. Dig a 12-inch-deep hole. Pour quick-set concrete into hole, according to manufacturer's instructions. Let dry.

hdswt113_4b_nailbox

hdswt113_4b_nailbox

2. Design the mailbox as desired. Using a circular saw, cut the plywood to the desired design and size. Cut an opening in the front piece for the mailbox and newspaper box. Attach the pieces together with a nail gun.

hdswt113_4c_paint

hdswt113_4c_paint

3. Paint the mailbox and post as desired.

hdswt113_4d_planterbox

hdswt113_4d_planterbox

4. Build a flower box to fit your design, leaving enough room under the mailbox to decorate with the desired flowers. Note: Pre-made flower boxes are also available at your local home supply center.

hdswt113_4g_nailmailbox

hdswt113_4g_nailmailbox

5. Glue and nail the mailbox to the post. Insert the mailbox and newspaper box, nailing through the bottom to secure. Plant flowers as desired.

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