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.

Materials you will need:

  • 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
  • saw
  • jigsaw

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

Mark the position of the stop plate on the inside edge of the side and fit it to the side.

Step 6

Now screw the hinges in place.

Step 7

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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