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After a very long time the metal mailbox that served us so well is getting retired and it's time for a fun router project in building a new one….

The funny thing is when I decided to make a mailbox I decided since I never made one before I would build a mock one to see how it all went together and it went together that well I decided to keep it and use it.

My original plan was to make it out of a piece of solid oak, but I liked the look of the pine board that I used I'm keeping it. I know that a softwood like pine is probably not the best wood to use for outside. I put outside stain and about 5 coats of spar varnish and if after all that it falls apart oh well I'll make it out of oak.

As always I went to my trusty Sketchup and drew these plans, the box is 12" wide by 8" high with a 17° slope
I used 1×12 pine board.

The box is put together with noting more than a few rabbits and dados to house the sides and base and then I just glued it all together, I really enjoyed this little project as it thought me how to use a chisel and marking gauge and how to efficiently an accurately cut rabbits and dado on the router table.

I recessed the hinges into the back piece and the lid and this was the first time I attempted this and it came out ok, I need to practice this more.

I mounted it to the house using a French cleat and screwed it into the siding and it ain't going nowhere



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Don't worry about the pine, it will last a long, long time under cover. Wow, you still get porch delivery of mail?
 

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Don t worry about the pine, it will last a long, long time under cover. Wow, you still get porch delivery of mail?

- greg48
Yep I sure do.. Up here in Massachusetts…
 

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Looks fine to me! And one nice thing about using pine. IF the weather eventually does get to it, you wont feel bad about just chunking it into the trash and building another
 
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