How to make a mailbox
What you need:
- 1 piece of wood (approx. 3 ft. x 3 ft. x 1 in.)
- 2 pieces of wood (approx. 2 ft. x 3 ft. x 1 in.)
- Wooden door knob
- Wooden hinge
- Wood screws
- Wood putty
- 4 hinges
- 8 screws
- Wire mesh
- Cement and paint
- Measure the size of the mailbox and cut the wood to size. For a standard-size mailbox, the piece of wood should be 3 ft. x 3 ft. x 1 in.
- Drill a hole in the center of the back of the box for the doorknob to attach to. Drill two holes in the top for the hinges to attach to.
- Screw in the hinges and attach the doorknob to the back of the box. Screw in the top hinges and attach the mailbox door to the top of the box.
- Drill a hole in the side of the box for the mail slot. Cover with wire mesh and cement, then paint the box to protect it from the elements.
When making a mailbox, it is important to consider the size of the mailbox. A mailbox should be large enough to fit a standard letter-size envelope. A mailbox should also be tall enough to accommodate the height of the letter carrier. A box is typically about 24 inches tall. To start, measure the height of the letter carrier and make sure the box is at least that tall. The length of the box should be twice the height of the box, or 48 inches. If the box is too small, the letter carrier will not be able to deliver mail. The width of the box should be about as wide as the letter carrier’s arm span, or 8 inches. This will allow the letter carrier to put their arm in and retrieve mail. The depth of the box should be 12 inches.
After cutting out the base of the box, cut two 12 inch pieces of wood for the sides. Cut two 12 inch pieces of wood for the front and back of the box. Attach the sides to the front and back with a screw and nut. Screw and attach two pieces of wood to the top of the box for the roof. The roof should be as wide as the base of the box, and 12 inches tall. Attach a strip of wood to the top of the roof, perpendicular to it, to make a lip. This will help keep rainwater from getting into the mailbox. Next, attach two pieces of wood to the front and back of the box for supports. This will help keep the box from collapsing when mail is put in and taken out. The mailbox is now complete.