Introduction

Address Plaque Post installed in a flower bed in front of a house
Photo: Ian Spanier
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Sure, you could mount your house's numbers next to the front door and call it a day. But to us, a handsome address plaque deserves a display of its own, and reader Lisa Camesano of Newton, Massachusetts, agrees. When Lisa told us she'd like to brush up on some tool basics, we paired her with TOH general contractor Tom Silva to put together a decorative signpost that could stand proud in any yard. This piece uses off-the-shelf materials and requires just a few simple cuts, plus glue and screws. "It looks harder to build than it actually was," says Lisa. Perhaps best of all, the hollow prefab post simply slips over a pressure-treated 4×4 that's bolted to a twist-in ground screw, so it doesn't need a concrete base. Read on to see how Tom and Lisa put it all together.

Shown: Mayne Polymer Mailbox Post, about $80; Lowe's. Cambridge Ornate Address Plaque, about $55; 125West.com. Wirral Bracket, about $55; architecturaldepot.com. Standard Premier Ball Finial, about $45; The Sign Bracket Store.

Not shown: Mayne No-Dig Ground Screw, about $30; Lowe's
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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      Measuring tape
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • Drill bit
      Drill bit
    • Countersink bit
      Countersink bit
    • Lag-screw driver bit
      Lag-screw driver bit
    • caulk gun
      Caulk gun

    Shopping List

    One 6-inch hollow paneled mailbox post designed to fit over a 4x4 post

    1 urethane decorative outdoor-grade corbel

    1 urethane decorative outdoor-grade finial

    1 metal address plaque

    One 8-foot 1x6 cellular PVC board, to pad out the corbel

    Polyurethane construction adhesive

    1¼-inch exterior screws

    2¼-inch exterior screws

    Paintable caulk

    Acrylic paint

    Screw eyes

    2 S-hooks

    1 ground screw (with rebar and lag bolts)

    One 8-foot 4x4 pressure-treated post