Simply Resourceful

Simple ways to be more conscious about how we use our resources.

Homemade Mailbox

Within the first week of living at our new home, the mailbox got smashed.  At first we thought it was an initiation into the neighborhood, but the mail delivery lady assured us that several on the road were smashed and that it happens every year during spring break.  Like we don't have enough to do already, we made our own mailbox to save some money and resources.  Jon has been making some bee boxes for me so we have some scrap wood lying around now!  To reinforce the mailbox, we used some plywood we found in the barn.  The hinge came from an old door; and with some luck, we managed to reuse the flag from the previous mailbox!

In this picture I am using a router to make the house number sign that will hang next to the mailbox.  


Christopher Beeson April 2, 2012 at 12:58 PM  

Yikes - that would be a harsh initiation into the neighborhood! Glad it wasn't targeted at you directly.

Love the new looking mailbox...very sharp!

Phoebe April 4, 2012 at 6:21 PM  

Cute box! I'm glad you resisted making your box out of sheet metal. Around here people are tired of losing their boxes to vandals so they have started making them out of 1/4" sheet metal. I shudder to think what will happen to the unfortunate driver who happens to hit it in an ice storm or the fog.

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