Red Cedar Mail Box Post
A co-worker gave me some old Handyman of America books. As I was thumbing through them I came across this design for a mail box post. The design was perfect for my needs. I have been wanting to redo our post for the last 5 or so years. I hit the old post with a Semi truck. Yup, I said Semi truck. Come to find out you don’t even feel hitting a mail box while driving the truck. I guess it could have been worst. Let get this great design built.
During the entire build the X-Carve CNC was cutting out my name on two sides of this board. This it the first piece I started with and one of the last to put on the assembly.
Started breaking the individual pieces down at the chop saw. Within the video I included the measurement that I used. All the measurement was provided in the plans. The whole piece only had a few parts. Twelve total parts. I have the plans some what drawn out in Sketch-up you can email me if you want them. I didn’t go as far as showing each measurement, but you can easily get the measurement from Sketch-up.
About the time I got cutting the 2X4’s here is where the X-Carve was at. One of the best things about the CNC it can do some jobs in the back ground while you work on other job. One of the down falls of the machine is the time it take to complete the job.
It’s time for some assembly. You can see here that the two longer boards made a sandwich of the other parts. The order of operations is as follow: 108″ Long board, then stacked on top starting and the bottom. 60″ board then the 23.5″ board perpendicular flush with one edge, 40.5″ board, and last the 48″ board perpendicular place just off center. Then put the other 108″ on top of all the boards. I hope that makes sense.
About the time the assembly got done. The X-Carve finished the first side.
I used water resistance glue and deck screw to hold this assembly together. I pre-drilled and left a 3/8 hole to insert plugs. To make the plugs I used a scrap piece of the cedar and a plug cutting bit at the drill press. Once I had enough plugs, I went to the band saw to release the plugs.
The second day started off much like the first day, by getting the second board going with the CNC. This one shows the house number. Per our post office rules we need the number on the post or the box.
Mounting the mail box is easy. I painted a scrap piece of plywood, mounted it to the post. Only thing to do is put the box on and put the whole assembly in the ground. I used the old post hole and set the new post to height the post office rule gave me. My case it was 38″ from the ground to the bottom of the box.
Painted the numbers and my name white. After the paint dried, I ran the boards in the planner. This process work very well it always you to get the paint in all the area. Then very little effect to clean it up. Few passed at the planner or a few minutes with a sander.