Mailbox post plans

This step by step diy woodworking project is about wooden mailbox post plans. If you want to learn how to build a beautiful mailbox post, we recommend you to pay attention to the instructions described in the article and to check out the related projects. A simple mailbox post will not only enhance the look of your property, but also make for a nice mailbox support.

In most of the cases, a building permit is required so make sure you go to the town hall and ask information about the legal requirements you have to comply with. In this manner, you will also find out useful details about your outdoor project. When building the wooden mailbox post, you should make sure the plans are detailed and come with step by step instructions, as well as with a complete list of the materials.

It is essential to invest in high quality materials, that are also water-resistant, such as pressure-treated lumber. Cut the components at the right size by using a circular saw and smooth the cut edges with a sand block. Don’t forget to ask a skilled friend to assist you during the project, especially if you don’t have a large expertise in the field. You need someone to hold the components into place, while you drive the screws in.

 

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Wooden mailbox post plans

Building a mailbox post

Building a mailbox post

 

Materials

  • A – 1 piece of 4×4 lumber – 91″ long POSTS
  • B – 1 piece of 4×4 lumber – 27 1/2″ long SUPPORT
  • C – 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 16 3/4″ long BRACE
  • D – 1 piece of 4×4 post finial POST CAP

 

Tools

  • Safety gloves, glasses
  • Miter saw, jigsaw
  • Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
  • Drill machinery and drill bits

 

Tips

  • Use a good miter saw to make the angle cuts
  • Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws

 

Time

  • One Week

 

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Building a wooden mailbox post

Building the post

Building the post

 

The first step of the woodworking project is to build the vertical post for the mailbox support. Therefore, cut the component out of 4×4 lumber, using the information from the diagram. Mark the cut lines on the piece of lumber and get the job done using a circular saw. Use a chisel to remove the excess and smooth the recess with fine-grit sandpaper.

 

Building the support

Building the support

 

Next, build the horizontal support out of 4×4 lumber. Use the information from the diagram to get a professional result, otherwise the components won’t lock together properly. Clean the recess with attention until the faces are even and the corners square.

 

Assembling the mailbox post

Assembling the mailbox post

 

Lock the components together and insert a few 3″ screws to create a rigid bond. Add glue to the joint and leave no gaps between the components. Make sure the corners are right-angled before inserting the screws and adding the glue.

 

Fitting the post

Fitting the posts

 

As you can see in the diagram, you need to secure the post properly in concrete. Dig a 3′ deep holes and fit a tube form. Afterwards, install a the posts, plumb it with a spirit level and use several braces to lock it into place temporarily. Fill the tube form with concrete and let it dry out for several days.

 

Fitting the brace

Fitting the brace

 

Fit a 2×4 brace to the mailbox post in order to enhance the rigidity of the structure. Cut both ends at 45 degrees and lock them to the structure using 2 1/2″ screws. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are perfectly square before inserting the screws.

 

Fitting the post finial

Fitting the post finial

 

In order to enhance the look of the mailbox post, we recommend you to fit a finial to the top. Use glue and finishing nails to lock the post finial into place tightly. Center the component to the post before locking it into place tightly.

 

Mailbox post plans

Mailbox post plans

 

Double check if the joints are rigid and smooth the sharp edges before continuing the project. Make any adjustments to the mailbox post, as to fit your needs and tastes.

 

Wooden mailbox plans

Wooden mailbox plans

 

Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood filler and let it to dry out for several hours. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the backyard plans, as there are several alternatives to choose from.

Smart Tip: Apply several coats of stain or paint to the wooden components, if you want to protect them from decay and to enhance the look of the mailbox post.

 

 

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