This step by step diy woodworking project is about mailbox plans. If you want to learn more about building a basic wooden mailbox, we recommend you to pay attention to the instructions described in the article. There are many other designs and plans to choose from when building projects for your backyard, so make sure you take a close look over the related plans that are featured on our site.
There are many plans and designs to choose from, so make sure you take a close look over the rest of the mailbox plans featured on our website. Plan everything with attention and adjust the size and the shape of the table to suit your needs. Plumb the legs and make sure the corners are right-angled before inserting the galvanized screws into place. Drill pilot or pocket holes to prevent the wood from splitting.
Projects made from these plans
- A – 2 pieces of 1×10 lumber – 29″ long SIDES
- B – 1 piece of 1×10 lumber (7 3/4″ wide) – 7 3/4″ long BOTTOM
- C – 1 piece of 1×10 lumber (7 3/4″ wide) – 13 3/4″ long BACK
- D – 1 piece of 1×10 lumber (7 3/4″ wide) – 6 1/4″ long, 1 piece – 4 1/4″ long TOP
- E – 1 pieces of 1×8 lumber – 11 3/8″ long DOOR
- F – 2 pieces of 1/2″ plywood – 5″x6″ long DECORATIVE ELEMENTS
Building a mailbox
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the sides of the mailbox. In order to get the job done in a professional manner, we recommend you to build the components out of 1×10 lumber.
Mark the cut lines with a pencil and make the cuts using a circular saw. Smooth the cut edges using sandpaper and remove the residues with a vacuum cleaner. Make the curved cuts with a jigsaw and smooth the edges.
Continue the outdoor project by attaching the bottom to the structure. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to build the components out of 1×10 lumber (adjust the width to 7 3/4″) or out of 3/4″ plywood.
Drill pocket holes along the sides of the bottom and fit it between the sides of the mailbox. Make sure the corners are right-angled and insert 1 1/4″ screws through the bottom into the side components. Add glue to enhance the rigidity of the structure.
Build the back of the mailbox out of 1×10 lumber (adjust the width to 7 3/4″ ) or out of plywood. Make sure you smooth the cut edges with sandpaper and fit the components between the sides.
Drill pocket holes along the side and top edges of the components before fitting it into the opening. Leave no gaps between the components and secure the back to the structure by suing 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to enhance the rigidity of the structure.
Build the top of the mailbox out of 1×6 lumber (adjust the width to 4 1/4″). Make sure you cut out the rectangular holes using a jigsaw and don’t forget to smooth the edges with sandpaper. In addition, cut the top and the bottom edges of the component at 45 degrees.
One of the last steps of the project is to attach the top components into place, as described in the diagram. Cut the top piece out of 1×10 lumber (adjust the width to 7 3/4″) or use 3/4″ plywood. Drill pocket holes along the sides of the component, fit it into place and secure it to the frame of the mailbox by using 1 1/4″ screws.
Add glue to the joints and make sure there are no gaps between the components. Fit the sloped component to the structure, as in the image.
Build the door for the mailbox out of 1×8 lumber. Fit the door to the mailbox by making sure there is a gap of 1/8″ around the four edges. Secure the door to the structure using metal hinges. In addition, fit a handle and a latch to the door, in order to close it tightly.
In order to enhance the look of the wooden mailbox, we recommend you to build decorative envelopes out of 1/2″ plywood and to attach them to the sides of the structure. Align the elements with attention and secure them to the sides using finishing nails and waterproof glue.
One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the pilot holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the woodworking project and to protect the table from decay, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain. Place the bench in a proper location and move it whenever necessary.
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