Despite all the electronic means at our disposal, there’s still nothing nicer than receiving a handwritten letter in the post. We show you how to build a bright new ‘home’ for your mail.
- 800 x 450 x 19mm laminated pine, cut to the following sizes:
- one 500 x 450mm (front)
- two 300 x 100mm and
- two 326 x 100mm (sides)
- one 300 x 300mm (back)
- 45mm screws
- 2 hinges
- lock and key
- paint of your choice
- measuring tape
- pencil and ruler
Make a square framework by joining the two 300 x 100mm pieces between the two 326 x 100mm pieces. Use at least two screws at each corner.
Using the pencil and ruler, carefully draw the outline for the front of the postbox (forming the ‘house’), as well as the slot for the mail, on the 500 x 450mm piece of laminated pine.
Using the jigsaw, cut the shape of the house. To cut the slot, first drill a hole in the corner so that there is space for the jigsaw blade; then saw out the slot carefully.
Measure and mark where the lock has to be screwed in on the inside of the door. Drill a hole for the key through the front and fit the lock.
Mark the position of the stop plate on the inside edge of the side and fit it to the side.
Now screw the hinges in place.
Finally, attach the back part of the box.
Note: It’s easier to fit the hinges and lock parts before you attach the back.
Your postbox is now ready to be painted: we chose Plascon Velvaglo in the colour Burnt Orange.
Referenced from Gallo images / Home Magazine
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