Step 3: Create a Base.

Cut a piece of scrap wood the size of the bottom of the mailbox. Drill two holes in the bottom, and two corresponding holes in the bottom of the microwave.

Use these holes to mount bolts that will hold the box in place. The bolts do not permanently attach the microwave to the board. It simply sits on top and the bolts keep it from moving about. We ourselves are not overly concerned about microwave mailbox theft, but if you are we might suggest using some industrial glue or cement at the base of the bolts where the oven will be at rest.

For our box, one bolt is very long and the other short - the longer extends into the space where the machinery once was and the shorter is on in on the side where the inside of the box is. It was not necessary to drill the hole all the way through into the box space in order to have a bolt long enough to secure the box onto the scrap board.
<p>LOVE this, and love the happy comments, too. Isn't it great when internet commenters are nice to each other? Linda</p>
Now you can use the door switch attached to a wireless door bell to know when its been opened.<br />
Twitter mail box anyone?
There you go!&nbsp; An upgrade!
&nbsp;That's a really smart idea.
Awesome idea!&nbsp; The graphic you put on it says &quot;hot mail!&quot;&nbsp; :-)<br /> <br /> One caution, though.&nbsp; If you're away, always have your mail picked up on a daily basis.&nbsp; People will notice when you are away which could lead to break-ins.<br /> <br /> <br />
That is awesome. Nuff said.<br />
wow, that is pretty cool; I kinda' doubt the mail carriers in my section of the universe would go for it though.<br />
Nice job! Can you get a picture of the confused mailman?<br />
Bravo!&nbsp; This is awesome!!! I love instructables that make something useful out of something that would otherwise go to the landfill.&nbsp; Just this morning I spent 2 hours in my garage dismantlng my old treadmill.&nbsp; I broke down all of the steel parts and put them in my recycle trash.&nbsp; I'm going to use the permenant magnet DC motor out of it to make a wind generator.&nbsp; Even if I'm only able to power some garden lights with it, it will be worth it.
cool. i'll pay you $250 for one.<br /> <br /> (just kidding,i know its unique, and awesome too!)
Hey, that's MY microwave!<br /> <br /> 5 stars, awesome 'ible!<br />
Funny thing is that you can actually buy a .7 cubic foot new microwave oven for $45 bucks and mod it which is the same cost as a small dinky brass mailbox that always has your mail sticking out.<br />
This is a really cool idea and as long as your getting your mail I suppose its ok but the USMAIL has all kinds of regulations about mailboxes. A different mail carrier may decide to be a stickler and not deliver your mail... best of luck
We have had no complaints registered from USPS. However, we live in an urban area where the mail carriers actually get out of their cars to deliver the mail.<br /> <br /> It would appear that the most stringent regulations are reserved for people with curbside mailboxes: http://www.usps.com/receive/mailboxstandards.htm<br /> <br /> Even in those cases I think it pretty likely they'd approve as long as it met all of the construction, measurement, installation and labeling criteria. A microwave is not very different from a regular mailbox from a structural standpoint.<br /> <br /> Thanks!

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