Step 4: Build the Mailbox Support

build the mailbox support
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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Using a jigsaw, cut an angled bracket out of a 2x6 and top it with a 2x2 to make the bracket assembly. Install a 2x2 block 40 inches up from the bottom of the aboveground portion of the post. Rest the longer 2x2 on top of the block and screw it down. Screw the angled bracket to the post.
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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      Miter Saw
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • drill
      Drill Driver
    • hammer
      Hammer
    • speed square
      Speed Square
    • sand paper
      100-grit Sandpaper
    • paintbrush
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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