Introduction

how to build a paneled mailbox post
Photo: Nancy Andrews
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A sturdy wood mailbox post decorated with paneled sides and a cornice top is a far cry from the syrup cans and cigar boxes Americans set by the roadside to get the first rural deliveries - or worse, the sad metal pipes used today to support a single dented and rusting box. Standing tall like a sentry, a paneled post lends an air of authority and sophistication to any stop on the mail carrier's route.

Assembling one from basic lumber and trim takes half a day and basic carpentry skills. Or you can pick up a ready-made post and get it in the ground in just a couple of hours. Either way, you're guaranteed to set an elegant tone with a classical-inspired design. Read on to learn how to apply molding to stock lumber for a custom-built post or to determine which ready-made one is best for your yard and budget.
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    Shopping List

    1. Pressure Treated Lumber a 4x4 post, 2x2, 2x6, and a 1x

    2. ¾-inch Pressure Treated Plywood to sheath the base of the post.

    3. ½-by-1½-inch Lattice and Molding Choose a baseboard, small crown molding and window bead to trim the post.

    4. Post Cap a 5x5 cap will cover the post and decorative sheathing. 5. Mailbox

    6. 1 5/8-inch and 3-inch Deck Screws

    7. Stainless Steel Siding Nails

    8. Acrylic Adhesive Caulk

    9. Exterior Latex Primer and Paint