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Forum topic by edwood1975 posted 07-27-2015 06:00 PM 1047 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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edwood1975

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07-27-2015 06:00 PM

So I have a bit of a problem I made a wooden mailbox with 3/4” stock and I’ve mounted it no problem!!!!! BUT I purchased 4” numbers and they came with 1” black nails and obviously there too long .. Protruding on the inside of the box if I were to nail them in..

I haven’t mounted the numbers yet and I looked in my abundant supply of panel pine and small gauge screws it I haven’t anything that’s thin enough to through the hole in the number….

Any ideas ?

-- Ed


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johnstoneb

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#1 posted 07-27-2015 06:01 PM

cut the nails off or drill the holes out.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 07-27-2015 06:02 PM

use smaller brads.

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#3 posted 07-27-2015 06:05 PM

Cut ‘em shorter (or use a bench grinder).

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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SirIrb

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#4 posted 07-27-2015 06:15 PM

Fill the inside of the box with concrete so no one will snag skin.

Oh,

Or cut the nails.

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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Stewbot

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#5 posted 07-27-2015 06:23 PM

Do you like your mail person?...nevermind.

Epoxy or glue the numbers…

Cut out your own numbers.

-- Hoopty scoop?

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SirIrb

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#6 posted 07-27-2015 06:33 PM

Use the wrong numbers. They will never find you. HAHAHA, once more, you fooled The Man.

Other Options:
Gut a cookoo clock and put the address where the bird sits so that every hour the address is shown coming in and out of the box.

Mount the address to a board and float it with helium balloons above the box.

Digital projection from the ground to the side of the box.

A dog tied to the mail box post that is trained to bark the address in morse code.

Upon reward of a doughnut, have the mailman deliver the mail to your front door and use the mailbox to keep your sand paper in.

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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Daruc

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#7 posted 07-27-2015 06:37 PM

Your going to have to rebuild the mailbox using 6/4 material this time.

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SirIrb

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#8 posted 07-27-2015 06:40 PM

Woodust, with all the practical options I listed above you are going to be so impractical as to say rebuild using 6/4? Geez!

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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Grandpa

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#9 posted 07-27-2015 06:51 PM

Cut them off. Simple as that.

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edwood1975

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#10 posted 07-27-2015 07:21 PM

Thanks guys so what I’m going to do is use 3/4” #6 screw and spray the head black.. As I screwed it into the number the hole got a little wider this fitting the screw…

So thank god I didn’t have to remake it with 6/4 wood…..

Thinking outside the box is a good thing sometimes

-- Ed

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#11 posted 07-27-2015 07:21 PM

You do realize that it is only too long on one end? Simple fix: Don’t use that end.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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SirIrb

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#12 posted 07-27-2015 07:24 PM

Put a cat in the mail box. The person who gets scratched on the right side of their hand by the nails will get matching scratches on the other side of their hand/ not be able to tell the difference/ not even know there are nails. Added benefit: no mice in your mail.

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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#13 posted 07-27-2015 10:41 PM

Ed,
You got enough wise—- remarks. Think I will stay out of this conversation

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

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Daruc

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#14 posted 07-27-2015 10:50 PM


Thanks guys so what I m going to do is use 3/4” #6 screw and spray the head black.. As I screwed it into the number the hole got a little wider this fitting the screw…

So thank god I didn t have to remake it with 6/4 wood…..

Thinking outside the box is a good thing sometimes

- edwood1975

Good solution.
Great sense of humor, glad you didn’t take offense.

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Ghidrah

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#15 posted 07-28-2015 04:25 PM

Take one nail bite the head off and use it to predrill the holes 1/2 depth. Bite the tips off the rest to 11/16 and resharpen them, probably end up removing another 1/16 in the process. Blunt nails will plow and possibly push mat to bulge on the inside.

-- I meant to do that!

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