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Grace's Mailbox

December 21, 2009 |
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Shop at the hardware store (or your scrap pile) instead of the toy aisle! Your money is going to go much further and you will be able to give quality gifts that will be played with and loved for years.

Grace's Mailbox

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Dimensions

Dimensions: 
16" tall by 9 1/2" deep by 9" across

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

1 - 1x10 @ 4feet
1 - 1x3 @ 1 foot
1 - 1x8 @ 3feet
1 – 1/4″ Plywood @ 7 1/2″ x 5″ (approximate, measure for exact fit)

2 inch screws
2 inch finish nails
wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
primer
paint
paint brush
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
jigsaw
nailer
sander

Cut List

Cut List: 

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)

Cutting Instructions: 
With this piece, I recommend cutting to the exact measurements. Any time you are working with angles, it is very easy to get “off” the tiniest amount, resulting in large differences elsewhere. Use 2″ nails and glue unless otherwise directed.

Step 1

Grace's Mailbox

Using a jigsaw or similar tool, cut out the following shapes out of boards A. Use the measurements above to guide you.

Step 2

Grace's Mailbox

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.

Step 3

Grace's Mailbox

Add the top front trim piece, C, as shown above.

Step 4

Grace's Mailbox

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.

Step 5

Grace's Mailbox

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.

Step 6

Grace's Mailbox

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.

Step 7

Grace's Mailbox

Fit the door, G, leaving a 1/4″ gap around the door.

Finishing Instructions

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill nail holes with wood putty and let dry. Sand the entire piece using coarse sandpaper, then medium. Make sure you do a good job sanding and remove any possible wood slivers. Round edges.
Finish Used: 
Paint the mailbox and attach door with hinges. Add any embelishments.

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Hey Ana,First off thanks for

Hey Ana,

First off thanks for providing these plans, so cute! I made a mailbox yesterday for a birtday party gift. I had to alter it a little because I couldn't figure out how to get it together. Specifically I had to cut piece D and E down from 8 inches to 7 1/2 so it fit inside the sides of the mail box. Once I did that it went together very easily and is so cute, I will email you the pictures.

posted by Christian (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-01-29 20:25
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is it a 1x3 or 1x2?

in the shopping list it says you need one foot of 1x3 but in the cut list it only shows a 1x2 and no cuts for a 1x3..... ????

posted by annemarielaney | on Tue, 2013-12-03 21:06

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