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1 - 1x10 @ 4feet
1 - 1x3 @ 1 foot
1 - 1x8 @ 3feet
1 – 1/4″ Plywood @ 7 1/2″ x 5″ (approximate, measure for exact fit)
A) 2 – 1×10 @ 16″ (Sides, cut out into the shapes of the sides)
B) 1 – 1×10 @ 7 1/2″ (Bottom)
C) 1 – 1×2 @ 7 1/2″ (Top front trim)
D) 1 – 1×8 @ 10″ (Back)
E) 1 – 1×8 @ 6″ (Top, Front, slot cutout)
F) 1 – 1/4″ Plywood @ 7 1/2″ x 5″ (approximate, measure for exact fit)
G) 1 – 1×8 @ 9 1/4″ (1/4″ give for the door)
Using a jigsaw or similar tool, cut out the following shapes out of boards A. Use the measurements above to guide you.
Fasten the bottom, B, keeping the bottom of the bottom flush with the cutout bottom on the sides, A. Use the diagram above to guide you.
Add the top front trim piece, C, as shown above.
Add the back piece, D, as shown above. Make sure you nail through the bottom into the edge of D, and through the sides, A.
Cut the mail slot out of E. The easiest way to do this is to drill a 1/2″ hole, insert your jigsaw blade, and cut out. Practive first – a jigsaw does not do right angles like a sewing machine.
Fasten E in place by nailing through the sides, A, into the edges of E.
Measure the distance from the top of E to the back of D (should be around 5″) and cut a piece of 1/4″ plywood to this measurement, 7 1/2″ wide. This is board F. Fasten to D and E using 1″ nails.
Fit the door, G, leaving a 1/4″ gap around the door.