build a mail sorter from a 1x10 board - plans from Ana-White.com
1- 1 x 10 x 8' whitewood board
3- 3/8" x 2" x 36" whitewood strip or wood lath
3 coat hooks
1 sawtooth hook (hanger)
1 - 1x10 @ 36" (back of sorter)
3 - 1x10 @ 7" (front facing)
6 - 1x10 cut at 22-1/2 degrees - see step 1 (triangle braces)
7 - 1-1/2" wide wood lath or other wood @ 9-1/4" (long trim)
7 - 1-1/2" wide wood lath or other wood @ 4" (short trim)
1 - 1-1/2" wide wood lath or other wood @ 9-1/4" (top trim)
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
From the 1x10 angled boards, trim off as shown in diagram to get the angled pieces.
Attach the triangle braces to the back of all of the facings. These will be the mail slots. Attach using wood glue and nailer.
Attach framing to the front of each mail slot. Again, with wood glue and nailer.
Attach wood lath with short nails to front pieces. Attach longer pieces first, and then measure and cut to fit the shorter pieces.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.