Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mailbox Fix

When we moved into our house we inherited a struggling mailbox that was tipped to almost a 45 degree angle thanks to a drunk driver. Three of our neighbors had adjacent mailboxes which were also on life support and a while ago we had talked about buying/making a mailbox post to hold all four of the mailboxes that occupied the area. I really wish I would have gotten a before picture to show you really how pathetic it looked but Eric was anxious to get the job done and had the old mailboxes out in no time.

We bought two of these mailbox posts made of cedar. Since we were planning to paint the posts we initially wanted to just use treated lumber, but the only ones available were all in really rough shape so we decided to spend the extra $4 a post.

I had Eric cut off the top of each post because I wanted to use this decorative cap instead. Was it necessary? No. But I like it much better. 
We attached the caps with some wood glue then shot in a few nails from the top.

I caulked all the joints thinking it would look better once painted, however, I think this was an unnecessary step. If I had to do it over again I would not have worried about caulking.

We then glued and Kreg Jigged a couple 2 x 4's to attach the two posts. 

One problem we ran into was that we discovered the mailboxes each had a one-inch deep ledge framing the base which prevented them from sitting flush onto the 2 x 4's. Apparently there's a proprietary adapter that's available for online order, but we didn't realize that until it was too late so we had to come up with an alternative. The best thing we found (that were the right thickness) were two stacked fence slats of treated wood which we cut to size. We attached these to the 2 x 4's and eventually fastened the mailboxes which then sat flush on top of the 2 x 4's.

Throughout the day, I became progressively worse at taking pictures (I blame the extra runs to Home Depot due to unforseen issues that we had to address). 

After digging the post holes sufficiently deep, we placed a couple inches of gravel rock for drainage and then lowered the posts into place. Once we got it all leveled, we used half a bag of Quickcrete into each hole. We added water and filled the rest of the hole with dirt.

The last steps were attaching the mailboxes and adding the number plates. As you can see, three of the mailboxes match, but unfortunately, when the final couple went to buy the same mailbox, it was no longer available so they purchased the closest option they could find.


  1. It looks amazing. Really impressive work.

  2. Kristi,
    Y'all did an awesome job! I "thought" the "which one doesn't match the others" was yours! Very classy work ..... looks professional!
    Keep your blogs coming....you're my fav!
    Sandy ;)

  3. Love it!! Its amazing how "little" projects can make a big difference. Keep up the great work!

  4. Kristie,
    What is the length of of the setup from vertical post to vertical post? I have to build a three mailbox setup. Nice job! Ron