How to Build a Wooden Mailbox Post

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A beautiful mailbox can add to the curb appeal of your home, but you can't have a mailbox without a post to hold it up. Building a simple wooden mailbox post can be done in almost no time and only requires a few inexpensive materials. A simple mailbox post can accent your home and landscape.

Things You'll Need

  • 4x4 piece of waterproofed lumber at least 4 to 5 feet long
  • 3/4- to 1-inch-thick pine, plywood or cedar wood base
  • Post hole digger
  • Cement
  • Drill Screws
  • Electric drill/screwdriver
  • Level
  • Dig a 1-foot-deep hole where you would like your mailbox to go. You need to contact your local post office before moving your mailbox or mailbox support, because your mailbox needs to be approved by the Postal Service.

  • Place the wooden post into the hole and secure it with cement, making sure the top of the post is level. According to USPS postal regulations, you should install the mailbox with the bottom of the box at a vertical height of 41 to 45 inches from the road surface, unless you have a road or curb condition that prevents this.

  • After the cement has dried, attach the wooden base to the top of the pole with drill screws. Use the level to make sure the base is level.

  • You are now ready to attach your mailbox to your new post. You may choose to enhance your new post by adding paint, stain or another form of decoration.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be sure your lumber has been treated for outdoor weather conditions.

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