About This Project
I’ve always loved the old mail collection boxes. So I made one. Much better than the old one. My mail lady even likes it. She took pictures to show it to her mail friends.
I don’t know that it’s really worth it to anyone for me to post actual plans. Since 100% of the materials I use are rescued/salvaged (every last board and screw), the plan shopping list would usually fall somewhere between goofy and impossible. When I build anything, the materials I have on hand dictate my plan, not the other way around.
If anybody is interested in a real plan from me, let me know. I would be willing to work on a redesign in order to accommodate a more conventional materials list, just don’t be surprised if I encourage you more than once to go scavenging for materials.
I did upload this project to the Sketchup 3D Warehouse, but it’s not perfect. I was in a hurry, so nothing is grouped as it should be. Also, the center section of my mailbox is a large drawer mounted on slides for packages and outgoing mail. The Sketchup model doesn’t reflect that. Download it for a reference model if you’d like. http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=551fcbbeb0e75c3dc2c30…
One more note: I built my mailbox 41″, to take into consideration the terrain and road. USPS regulations dictate mailboxes meet certain dimensional criteria. You can find the regulations online or go chat with your postmaster.
maybe $5 total, I had all the material I used on hand
I used (4) cedar 2x2x36″, (2) cedar 2x10x24″, about 15 linear ft. of 3″ oak flooring, and some plywood odds-ends. Side pieces are metal roofing over plywood.
I wanted to paint it usps blue, but I lost the war on that one. Honey likes things to match a little better than I do. I used leftover exterior house paint instead of electric post blue so he wouldn’t get worked up.