The rest of the neighbors on our street have nice, neat mailbox posts and mailboxes and ours was definitely dropping home values. I wanted to do something nice, but a little different too. I found this picture on a decorating blog and I knew I had found my inspiration!
I love the colors and the chunky post! The nice address plaque and copper finial really make it pop. And, being the considerate wife I am, I knew my husband would love the workout and challenge of installing a massively heavy and bulky mailbox post over 2 feet into the ground! Aren’t I sweet?
The first step once I had all my materials was to decide on measurements. I wanted my post to be tall, but I don’t want it to fall over either. The US Postal Service requires that the post be buried a minimum of 24″ in the ground. I went a little deeper (27″) just because the post seemed so big. The USPS also requires that mailboxes be 41″-45″ above the street. I went with 41″.
I marked my measurements on the post and worked on cutting and attaching the supports for the mailbox.
Next, I measured the length of the mailbox to determine how long I wanted the horizontal support. I used my miter box to make a 45-degree angle at the end of this support, just because I liked the way it looked.
I used my kreg jig to make several pocket holes in the 4″ x 4″ and attached it to the main post using wood glue and pocket screws.
After the horizontal support was in place, I added the brace. I used a 2″ x 6″ with the ends cut at 45-degrees.
I wanted a curve in the brace so I used a large platter to trace the shape of the curve and used a jig saw to cut the curve out. I attached the brace with wood glue and 3 1/2 inch exterior screws.
Next I added the wood that the mailbox will rest on. I used a piece of scrap plywood cut the the size of the mailbox and attached it to the 4″ x 4″ horizontal support with 3″ exterior screws. I pre-marked and pre-drilled the holes for attaching the mailbox to this piece of wood before I attached it to the horizontal support.
The last step of construction was to add a “baseboard” at the bottom of the post, just above ground level. I didn’t initially plan on doing this but I had scrap wood so I thought “why not?”. I used wood glue and a nail gun to attach it to the post.
Whew! Construction is over! Now to make it look pretty! I used caulk to seal the seams and edges and screw holes. Luckily, I had exterior paint from our exterior trim on-hand so I used that to paint the post. I spray painted the numbers, post cap, hook and finial with a metallic amber paint to match the mailbox. I used silicone caulk to attach the post cap after all the paint had dried.
Voila! Now just awaiting nice weather and a motivated hubby to install it!
Materials and Cost:
- 1- 6″ x 6″ x 8′ pressure treated post ($24)
- 1-mailbox of your choosing (cost varies, I spent $60)
- 1-4″ x 4″ post (length will depend on mailbox size) (free-scrap)
- 1- 2″ x 6″ board (length will depend on mailbox size) (free-scrap)
- 1- 1″ x 8″ board to mount mailbox on (I used a scrap piece of plywood) (free-scrap)
- 1- 6″ x 6″ pressure treated post cap ($14)
- 1- finial ($4)
- address numbers ($18)
- hooks ($8)
- paint (2 cans of spray paint for finial, cap and numbers–$12, paint for post was on-hand so free)
Total Cost: $140