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Build a Mailbox

SAFETY FIRST: Ask an adult to help with tools you haven't used before.

Build a Mailbox

Show off your carpentry skills and help out your family.

Safety First: Always ask an adult to help with tools you haven’t used before.

What You’ll Need

  • 1” x 12” x 12″’ cedar board
  • 2 semi-concealed hinges
  • 50 1 5/8” exterior wood screws
  • Hammer Table saw or handsaw (If you use a handsaw, you will need both a ripsaw and a crosscut saw.)
  • Jigsaw or coping saw
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint (optional)
  • 2¼” lock washers
  • ¼” nut
  • ¼” x 3 1/2 ” bolt
  • Wood doorknob
  • Exterior wood glue
  • Wood filler for screws (optional)

What You’ll Do:

1. Cut out all the parts of the mailbox by carefully following the dimensions shown. Include both the door and the front wall door cutout. It’s important to predrill and countersink all the screws, making the screw heads flush with the wood surface. Cedar is a great weatherresistant wood for outdoor use, but cedar can crack and split if you’re not careful when building. All wood parts except the door are glued and screwed together.

Build a Mailbox step 1

2. Glue and screw the roof and roof cap together. The chimney is made of three pieces of cedar fastened together with room for the flag bolted in the center. Cut its base at a 45-degree angle. The chimney is attached from the inside of the roof. You can bolt the flag on later.

Workshop - Build a Mailbox step 2

3. Assemble the walls and floor. Ask an adult for some help. It’s difficult to hold the pieces together when drilling and countersinking the holes. Glue and screw the mailbox together. Attach the roof to the walls.

Workshop Build a Mailbox step 2b

Workshop Build a Mailbox Step 3


4. Hinge the door in place. Screw on the doorknob, and fill screws with wood filler. Sand and paint.

Workshop: Build a Mailbox hinge the door

Finished Mailbox


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4 Comments on Build a Mailbox

  1. I am a registered scouter and would love to get this on my iPod …since I get Boys Life already I wondered if I still had to pay to get the electronic version ?

  2. I like this is really good

  3. ELEPHANTLOVR // November 5, 2014 at 5:37 pm // Reply

    Me 2! I really want to make that.

  4. EG Cub Scout // November 3, 2014 at 10:01 am // Reply

    Cool hope I get mail very fast! I am going to make it right now!

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