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Forum topic by edwood1975 posted 07-20-2015 12:51 AM 479 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-20-2015 12:51 AM

I’m hoping my fellow LJ’s can help me.. I want to make my own wall mounted mailbox and although I know I should probable make it out of oak or similar hardwood but it’s too expensive .

I’m wondering can someone recommend a more cost effective wood to use, although it is outside its on the house wall inside a covered porch so the position of the mailbox does offer some protection from all the elements, rain, snow and sun.

Any and all suggestions are welcome.

-- Ed

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#1 posted 07-20-2015 01:03 AM

Painted pine will last a long time.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#2 posted 07-20-2015 02:56 AM

Ed, I would concur with Bondo. If you can swing it, look through the pile of clear dry pine in the big box store, it’s less apt to warp than the common knotty pine they sell for shelving. If you use a “yellow pine” like ponderosa or southern yellow, you may have to seal the pitch with a good primer like BIN.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#3 posted 07-20-2015 02:57 AM

Cedar is cheap enough and will weather well also.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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