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Constructing A Cool Mailbox From A Pallet - For Under $13!

We needed a mailbox for the farm – and wanted it to match the barn and surroundings. After looking on-line and in stores over the past few months – we realized anything unique was well over $125 to $150.00. We decided to continue the recycle, re-use and re-purpose theme and build one ourselves out of a few pieces of left over scrap lumber and a pallet.
Utilizing the scrap we had on hand – our total cost was under $13. But even if one had to purchase the couple of 2x boards needed for the project, you would still be under $25 to build.
How We Built It: (you can see a complete picture tutorial on our blog post)
Like most of our projects – we started by cutting out all of the pieces and setting them out. (You can find a complete materials and tool list at the end of this post)
Beginning with a couple of scrap pieces of 2 x 10″ lumber left over from another building project – we made the base and two ends. The base we cut at 22″ long to make the rectangle needed for the mailbox to sit on. We then cut two more pieces from the 2×10 stock at 18″ high for the end pieces. We drew a 45 degree angle line from the top of the end pieces – and used the jigsaw to cut the roof lines for each piece. For the front of the mailbox – we took the mailbox we would be using and traced the outline of the door. We then cut that out with the jigsaw as well.
Next, we assembled the 2 ends with glue and a few screws to the 22″ long base.
Once the main base was assembled – we cut 6 of the pallet slat boards to 22″ long. We used those to build the sides – gluing and nailing them to the two end pieces.
We then cut four more slat boards at 26″ long for the roof top – and again attached them with glue and nails – leaving each end with about a 2″ overhang.
At this point we decided to add some trim to the mailbox house to dress it up a little bit. Using some more pallet boards – we cut 1″ wide trim strips with the jigsaw. and then cut them down as needed to trim out the corners and bottom of the mailbox. Using the pallet wood and wanting a rough look – the jigsaw was more than okay to use for the cuts.
A quick coat of paint and stain we had left over from the barn – and we were ready to install!
The hardest part of the project turned out to be digging the hole for the post at the road! We have dug quite a few holes for a lot of different projects around the farm – and I can say without a doubt – the dirt near the road bed is the hardest anywhere on the farm! After scraping and clawing with the post hole diggers for over an hour – we finally had the hole dug to the proper depth (28″ for us).
Beyond the hole digging issues..putting it up was as simple as attaching two 40″ 2 x 4′s cut from the scrap to the post. This created the stand for the mailbox to sit on. We then attached the mailbox house to the 2×4 ledge with four screws. We added an angle brace cut from scrap at 45 degrees to the bottom, attaching it from the post to the 2×4 ledge. All that was left was to slide in the metal mailbox – and we can get mail at the farm!
One final note: we ended up cutting off the back-end of the 2×4′s from the post. We had originally thought about attaching a sign to it – but decided we liked it better without. To receive our DIY and Gardening Tip Posts each Tuesday – sign up to follow the blog via email or hit the "Like" button on the Facebook tab on the left side of the page.
Materials List
10 ea.) Slat wood pallet pieces (easily obtained from 1 pallet)
3 ea.) Small pieces of scrap 2 x 10 lumber : Lengths : 22″ 12″ and 12″ – a four-foot scrap board will work.
1 ea.) 4 x 6 x 6′ treated post – $9.75
2 ea. 2x4x8′s – we used scrap – (could purchase for $5)
1 ea.) #80 bag of all-purpose concrete – $3.25
Wood Glue or Construction Adhesive
2″ nails or screws
Tools Used:
Measuring Tape
Hammer and Nails

To see more: http://oldworldgardenfarms.com/2012/10/30/building-a-cool-mailbox-from-a-pallet-for-under-13/

Ask the creator about this project

  • 3popps
    on Oct 30, 2012

    Looks great, and thanks for the detailed explanation.

  • Old World Garden Farms
    Old World Garden Farms Newark, OH
    on Oct 31, 2012

    Steve - Thank You! It's an easy project to do!

  • Krafty Kat
    Krafty Kat Dexter, GA
    on Oct 31, 2012

    Love pallets! The mailbox looks great!

  • Old World Garden Farms
    Old World Garden Farms Newark, OH
    on Oct 31, 2012

    Thank you Krafty Kat! We love working with them for so many projects

  • Cindy brickley
    Cindy brickley Penfield, PA
    on Jan 7, 2013

    We are in the process of painting the house and also want to move the mailbox. Now would be a great time to make this to match the house. Just love this idea! Now any ideas on what to do with the steel pole that the mailbox is on now? May a Birdhouse? Ideas welcome.

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