New Mailbox Post

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Project by Jay Neale III posted 02-27-2011 05:21 AM 2431 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My old mailbox post was purchased from Lowe’s over six years ago. It was poorly constructed, and I just didn’t like it very much, so I built this one out of pressure treated 4×4 and 2×4 pine. I used the Rockler template kit to rout the numbers, then I roughed them up a bit (in keeping with the slightly rustic nature of our neighborhood), stained them, sanded the surface to remove any extra stain, and planted that puppy in the ground.

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#1 posted 02-27-2011 03:15 PM

That looks nice. I remember when my entire street had to replace their mailbox posts because they were all too short. Post Office requires the mail box to be 46 to 48 inches above the street level.

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#2 posted 02-27-2011 06:16 PM

i made one very similar to this style a few years back…and have a bird house on the top..maybe i will add a picture of mine in this thread…that would be fun to see other interesting mail boxes…is that ok with you jay..grizzman

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#3 posted 02-27-2011 11:44 PM

Now, that is a mail box.

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#4 posted 02-28-2011 06:40 PM

Very nice, would not last too long here the snow plow would clean it out on the 1st snow storm.

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#5 posted 02-28-2011 08:17 PM

I like the post a lot. I have built a few and yours look great. I see some ideas I will used next time I build one.

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#6 posted 03-04-2011 05:47 AM

Grizzman: Feel free to post your photos here! I’d love to see your version of the humble mailbox post.

GMman: I’m assuming you mean the actual box itself wouldn’t survive your snowstorms, right?

jerrells: The main thing we have to contend with around here is the wind. It was blowing upwards of 35 mph this afternoon, and we’ve had winds in excess of 60 mph on occasion. So I build these to withstand twisting. The crosspiece is half-lapped, glued, and secured with two screws from each side. The angled braces are joined with screws only, for easy removal in case they become damaged, but two 3” screws on each end, on each side of the post, makes certain they don’t move.

I got tired of seeing the same HD and Lowe’s standard issue mailbox posts in our neighborhood and just decided it was time for a change. The one I had before was in perfect shape; I just didn’t like it.

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#7 posted 03-04-2011 07:36 AM

i think im going to add some embellishments …spuce it up a bit…stay tuned

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#8 posted 03-04-2011 04:15 PM

Very nice, Grizzman!

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