While a variety of mailbox posts are available at most home and garden centers, they are in a variety of prices that may extend beyond your budget. Luckily, you can make your own mailbox post for very little cost and effort using basic wood materials. Once your post is prepared and set in the ground with cement, you can begin using it.
Things You'll Need
- Tape measure
- 1-inch thick plywood
- Handsaw or power saw
- 5-foot long 4-inch-by-4-inch wide post
- Galvanized screws
- Shovel or post hole digger
- Fast-drying concrete mix
- Old bucket
- Old garden hoe or shovel
Measure the lip area of the mailbox's underside.
Cut a plywood rectangle for the mailbox's bottom. Make the rectangle 1/2 inch shorter in width and length than the mailbox's lip area.
Attach the plywood rectangle to one end of the 5-foot long post. Put the post flush with one side of the rectangle’s length, centering the post along the width of the rectangle. Screw three evenly spaced galvanized screws through the rectangle and into the post.
Dig a hole where you want to place your mailbox. Make the hole at least 1 foot deep and 1 foot wide.
Mix fast-drying concrete and water in an old bucket. Follow directions on the concrete mix's package to make the mixture.
Put the bare end of the post into the hole with the rectangle jutting toward the road. Adjust the post as much as needed to make the top surface of the rectangle level.
Pour or scoop the concrete mix to fill the hole around the post entirely. Using an old garden hoe or shovel works well.
Allow the concrete to dry thoroughly. Follow the time given on the concrete mix's package.
Attach the mailbox to the plywood rectangle. Ensure that the mailbox door faces away from the post. Use galvanized screws to secure the mailbox to the plywood through the pre-drilled holes in the mailbox.
Tips & Warnings
- If your mailbox post must be set farther from the road, then let the post jut from the ground at a 45-degree angle instead of a 90-degree angle. To do so, start with a 6-foot long post and cut the end to which the plywood will attach at a 45-degree angle. When add cement to the hole, angle the post so that the plywood rectangle is level.
- Check with the U.S. Postal Service to find out how far from the road the box should be and how high it should be from the ground. Regulations may vary by location.
- "New Complete Guide to Landscaping;" Better Homes and Gardens; 2002
- "Beautiful Home On a Budget;" Emilie Barnes et al; 1998
- Photo Credit mailbox image by palms from Fotolia.com
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