A handsome mailbox is a great addition to any home. Without a strong and attractive post, however, the aesthetic affect of any mailbox will be lost. Building an attractive wooden mailbox post is neither expensive nor difficult. By following these steps, you can build a wooden mailbox post that conveys something special about your home or garden.
Things You'll Need
- Solid piece of wood, at least 4 to 5 feet long Drill Screws Waterproofing finish Cement
Build a Wooden Mailbox Post
Select a piece of wood for your new mailbox post. Pick something that conveys the general aesthetic of your home and garden. A simple square cedar beam works quite well for most homes. If you want a more rustic look, go with a straight and sturdy limb or log.
For a plain beam, all you need to do is cut the wood at the appropriate spot, secure it in a post hole with cement and attach the mailbox. When you cut the beam remember that it needs to extend below the ground level by at least a foot. Most mailboxes sit at a height of 42 inches, so adjust your post length accordingly. If the wood you are using has not been waterproofed, apply an outdoor sealant.
If you're opting for the rustic look, peel bark away from a limb or log. Use only a sturdy piece of wood that has no cracks or rotted portions. A very attractive affect is created by sanding parts of the wood while leaving other parts more rugged. The natural knots and lines add a distinct and eye-catching look.
Make your mailbox post your own by adding fun decorations. For example, consider writing your last name down the post in an attractive font. Attach a small barn star or metal ornament. You could also paint the post bright colors to give it a feeling of warmth and vitality. Make sure all decorations are waterproof and securely fastened to the post with screws or wood glue.
Install your post by digging a post hole approximately 1-foot deep in a convenient spot near the front of your property. Put the base of the post into the hole and fill it with cement. Hold the post while the cement sets and apply a level to make sure it stands straight.
Tips & Warnings
- Check with your local post office for specific regulations about mailbox placement. In most cases the box simply must be be easily accessible and between 3 and 4 feet above the ground.
- Never install a wooden mailbox post that is not prepared for harsh outdoor conditions
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