This step by step diy woodworking project is about wooden mailbox post plans. I have designed this decorative mailbox post so you can add unique appeal to your yard. The best part of this project is that you can get the job done easily in a few days and you can customize its design to suit your needs. See my other woodworking plans HERE.
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Projects made from these plans
Wooden Mailbox Post – Free DIY Plans
- A – 2 pieces of 2×14 lumber – 144″ long POST
- B – 5 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 43″ long SUPPORT
- C – 31 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 48″ long BRACE
- D – 2 pieces of 2×3 lumber – 37 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 39 3/4″ long, 4 pieces – 31 1/4″ long CAP
- 2 pieces of 2×16 lumber – 12′
- 3 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 8 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 6′
- 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 8′
- 15 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 8′
- 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws
- wood filler, wood stain
How to build a wooden mailbox post
The first step of the project is to cut the 6×6 post at 6′. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to set the post into concrete for a bout 2′. Dig a hole in the ground (12″ in diameter, 2′ in depth) and then set the post into place. Use a spirit level to plumb the post and then lock it into place temporarily with braces. Fill the hole with concrete and let it dry out for a few days.
Next, you need to make the notch to the top of the post, so you can lock the mailbox support. Use a circular saw to make parallel cuts inside the marked area and then clean the recess with a chisel. Smooth the surface with sandpaper.
Use 2×4 lumber for the horizontal support. Use a jigsaw to make the decorative cuts to both ends of the support. Smooth the surface with sandpaper for a professional result.
Use a saw to make the notch in the support. Mark the area, make several parallel cuts and then clean the recess with a chisel.
Fit the support to the post and make sure the corners are square. Align everything with attention and add glue to the joint. Drill pilot holes through the support and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the post.
Use 4×4 lumber for the brace. Use a saw to make the 45 degree cuts to both ends of the brace. In addition, use a jigsaw to make the curved cut to the brace.
Fit the brace to the mailbox post. Align the edges with attention, drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws to lock it into place tightly.
Fit a piece of 1×8 lumber to the top of the post. Center the cap to the post and then insert a few 2″ nails to lock it into place tightly.
Fit a decorative finial to the mailbox post, to enhance the look of the project.
Fill the holes with wood putty and then smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Apply a few coats of paint or stain to the components to protect them from decay and to enhance the look of the project.
This is a quick and simple project that can be built in just one weekend, but it will change dramatically the look of your front yard. If you want a cheap way to freshen up the design of your yard, this is a project to follow.
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