Grace's Mailbox

Grace's Mailbox
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Grace's Mailbox

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Grace's Mailbox

16" tall by 9 1/2" deep by 9" across


Shopping List

1 - 1x10 @ 4feet

1 - 1x3 @ 1 foot

1 - 1x8 @ 3feet

1 – 1/4″ Plywood @ 7 1/2″ x 5″ (approximate, measure for exact fit)

Common Materials
2 inch screws
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
paint brush
Cut List

A) 2 – 1×10 @ 16″ (Sides, cut out into the shapes of the sides)

B) 1 – 1×10 @ 7 1/2″ (Bottom)

C) 1 – 1×2 @ 7 1/2″ (Top front trim)

D) 1 – 1×8 @ 10″ (Back)

E) 1 – 1×8 @ 6″ (Top, Front, slot cutout)

F) 1 – 1/4″ Plywood @ 7 1/2″ x 5″ (approximate, measure for exact fit)

G) 1 – 1×8 @ 9 1/4″ (1/4″ give for the door)

Cutting Instructions

With this piece, I recommend cutting to the exact measurements. Any time you are working with angles, it is very easy to get “off” the tiniest amount, resulting in large differences elsewhere. Use 2″ nails and glue unless otherwise directed.

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander


Step 1

Using a jigsaw or similar tool, cut out the following shapes out of boards A. Use the measurements above to guide you.

Step 2

Fasten the bottom, B, keeping the bottom of the bottom flush with the cutout bottom on the sides, A. Use the diagram above to guide you.

Step 3

Add the top front trim piece, C, as shown above.

Step 4

Add the back piece, D, as shown above. Make sure you nail through the bottom into the edge of D, and through the sides, A.

Step 5

Step 6

Measure the distance from the top of E to the back of D (should be around 5″) and cut a piece of 1/4″ plywood to this measurement, 7 1/2″ wide. This is board F. Fasten to D and E using 1″ nails.

Step 7

Fit the door, G, leaving a 1/4″ gap around the door.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill nail holes with wood putty and let dry. Sand the entire piece using coarse sandpaper, then medium. Make sure you do a good job sanding and remove any possible wood slivers. Round edges.
Finish Used
Paint the mailbox and attach door with hinges. Add any embelishments.


Christian (not verified)

Fri, 01/29/2010 - 17:25

Hey Ana,

First off thanks for providing these plans, so cute! I made a mailbox yesterday for a birtday party gift. I had to alter it a little because I couldn't figure out how to get it together. Specifically I had to cut piece D and E down from 8 inches to 7 1/2 so it fit inside the sides of the mail box. Once I did that it went together very easily and is so cute, I will email you the pictures.