This step by step diy woodworking project is about wooden mailbox post plans. I had a request for a modern double maibox post, so I designed this project. It is really simple to build and it features a sturdy structure. 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.
There are many plans and designs to choose from, so make sure you take a close look over the rest of the garden bridge plans featured on our website. Plan everything with attention and adjust the size and the shape of the bridge 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
Double Mailbox Post – Free DIY Plans
- A – 1 piece of 6×6 lumber – 72″ long POST
- B – 1 piece of 4×4 lumber – 33 1/2″ long SUPPORT
- C – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 19 1/2″ long SUPPORTS
- D – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 15″ long BRACES
- E – 1 piece of 1×8 lumber – 7 1/2″ long, 1 piece of 2×6 lumber – 5 1/2″ long, 1 piece of 1×4 lumber – 3 1/2″ long TRIMS
- 1 piece of 6×6 lumber – 6′
- 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 8′
- 1×8 lumber, 2×6 lumber, 1×4 lumber – scrap pieces
- 2 1/2″ screws, 3″ screws
- wood filler, wood stain
Dual Mailbox Post – Video!
How to build a dual 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 about 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 4×4 lumber for the horizontal support. Use a saw to make the decorative cuts to both ends of the support. Smooth the surface with sandpaper for a professional result. Make the 2 notches to the support, as shown in the free woodworking plans. Make the 1 3/4″ deep parallel cuts into the marked areas and remove the excess material with a hammer. Clean the recess with a chisel.
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″ screws into the post.
Use 4×4 lumber for the braces. Use a saw to make the 45 degree cuts to both ends of the braces. In addition, use a jigsaw to make the curved cut.
Fit the brace to the mailbox post. Align the edges with attention, drill pilot holes and insert 3″ screws to lock it into place tightly.
Use 4×4 lumber for the mailbox supports. Make decorative cuts to both ends. Make a notch to the middle of the brace, as shown in the diagram.
Fit the supports to the mailbox post. Drill pilot holes and insert 3″ screws to lock them 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. Attach the 2×6 trim to the post. Use 2 1/2″ screws to secure the post into place. Attach the top 1×4 trim with 2″ nails.
Last but not least, take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Apply a few coats of stain or paint to protect the components from the elements and to enhance the look of the mailbox post.
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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