DIY wooden letter box

Written by philippa jones
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DIY wooden letter box
Be creative when designing your letter box. (trgowanlock/iStock/Getty Images)

Making a do-it-yourself letter box is a cost-effective way of replacing an old or damaged one. You can make a basic box shape, or turn the letter box into a focal point by designing it in an unusual shape. A wooden box is easy to construct using scrap wood and some basic tools.

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Things you need

  • Plywood sheet
  • Saw
  • Paint
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Shovel
  • Cement
  • Wooden post

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  1. 1

    Create a design for your letter box on paper. A basic design is a wooden box with a slit in the top, mounted on a post or attached to a wall.

  2. 2

    Add the dimensions of the letter box on the diagram. The standard letter box slot measures 30 by 5 cm (12 by 2 inches). The box itself needs to be big enough to hold all your post.

  3. 3

    Cut the pieces of wood for the box to size. It needs four equal rectangular sides, plus two rectangular pieces of wood -- one for each end.

  4. 4

    Saw the letter box slot into one of the sides.

  5. 5

    Paint the wooden pieces in a colour of your choice. Personalise your letter box to fit your requirements. Include your house name or number on the front.

  6. 6

    Leave the pieces of wood to dry and then nail them together, but do not use nails to attach the top rectangle.

  7. 7

    Attach the lid of the letter box with a hinge.

  8. 8

    Dig a 60 cm (2 feet) deep hole in the ground where you want to position the letterbox. Place the post in the hole and fill it with cement so that it is secure.

  9. 9

    Nail the letter box on top of the post.

Tips and warnings

  • You can screw the letter box to a wall or the back of your front door instead of putting it on top of a post. Add a lock or bolt to the lid of the letter box to prevent your mail being taken.

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