On a previous episode Kevin showed you how to build a timber letterbox, using a
MITREPLAN. This time Faye puts a few other ideas into action. You
can use various materials and designs to suit the style of your house.
Cottage-style letterbox: Faye used 12mm exterior plywood, Selleys Durabond
exterior wood glue, and galvanised screws to construct a simple box with a spot
for newspapers, slot for mail and a flap door for access.
Beach-house letterbox: Faye used off cuts from a hardwood timber deck to create
a box. She joined the boards to corner blocks with Selleys Durabond and
galvanised nails. Pre-drill nail holes to prevent the boards from splitting.
Faye fixed the boards with the grooves facing out to remind her of the oceans
corduroy swells. Just remember to leave a space at the front for letters!
Concrete block letterbox: Dont be afraid to experiment! Starting with a simple
block of Hebel lightweight aerated concrete, Faye created a letterbox by using a
large hole saw, angle grinder and a hammer and chisel. The hole saw makes a
perfect cylindrical hole for newspapers and the angle grinder can make the
straight cuts for the mail slot and large rear opening. Simply remove the waste
with a hammer and chisel.
Fayes tip: The MITREPLAN has all the basic information you need, and then you
can let your imagination take over.
MITREPLANS are available at all Mitre 10 stores across Australia.