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Here is an Instructable showing you how to build your very own brick mailbox. My husband built this mailbox in one day, although he is a 20 year masonry veteran, we believe anyone can do this with the correct tools, materials, and planning. It is a very simple 16" square masonry mailbox. By doing this yourself you will have saved at least $300. Possibly more. You will have a very nice addition to your home. Take your time, plan it out, and be proud of the end result.
 
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Step 1: Step 1 Tools and materials

You will need the following tools for this job...
Masonry Trowel
Level
brush
masonry joiner
square
tape measure
shovel
wheel barrel
tuck point (optional)
Masonry hammer
brick tongs (optional but recommended)
Rent a Masonry saw (optional)

Materials: Approx.. 200 8" brick, 6 bags 60lb each Quickrete Mortar Mix (with sand), 2 8"x16" blocks (for base), 1 bag 40lb Quickrete Cement mix, 4 10" lengths of 1/4" rebar, Mailbox, water
LynxSys4 months ago

This is a great, thorough, and well-documented Instructable! I would love to see you post some more masonry projects. I'm sure there's a lot that I could learn!

Excellent pictures. very easy to follow. Thanks!
noprotein4 years ago
Very very good instructable. Care was obviously shown for safety, aesthetics, and quality. I'm extremely impressed. Not to mention, the number and purpose of pictures was great. I'm handy but not experienced and although I won't be attempting this anytime soon, I may recommend it to my parents =)

Regardless, for a tech/language junkie, this was a fun and informative read!
coppeis4 years ago
Now your mail will be protected by fire!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wow! Great Instructable! I have never attempted to do any type of masonry before, but this looks to be very do-able with hubby's help. I found this while looking for things to build with some free new bricks I found at a local dump. We found a mail box there too. So we can combine the two and use your instructable to make a great mailbox. Ours is in much need of replacing as it has about 10 small bullet holes in it from when some friends got rowdy with a hand gun one night. Would a plastic mail box work or would it need to be metal? Thanks so much for a great tutorial and lots of photos! They helped very much with some of the lingo!
Vintiquities (author)  twiztedreams5 years ago
Plastic mailbox should work just fine. Most of the pressure is supported by the bricks. Please make sure you follow all steps carefully for safety reasons and check with your local post office to find out about any rules or restrictions. Good luck!
matt harper5 years ago
I've always lacked the confidence to tackle anything like this, but after seeing your step by step guide, I'm going to have a go!! if this project is successful, Id like to tackle a piazza oven, do you know of any web sites that have a similar step by step guide?
Vintiquities (author)  matt harper5 years ago
I've never seen another masonry tutorial. It's a pretty protected trade. Please remember when you do your project (if you can't get it all done in a day, joint all the seams you have finished that day! It's very important that you do this, once they set up you can't finish them out nicely) Thanks for the comment and good luck! Leave a comment with any questions you may have and we'll try to get back to you quickly.
Did u get postmasters consent?
marciei5 years ago
The pictures and directions are great. My mailbox was stolen three times. I have not worked with brick before, but grew up watching my dad make BQ pits and walls at our cabin. After reading your instructions, I am prepared to make the brick purchase. I will have to buy a few of the tools. You were very kind to post your skill of brick mailbox creating. Thank you. I will send you a picture when I am done.
Vintiquities (author)  marciei5 years ago
I think you will be pleased with the result and save a lot of money in the process! Please make sure you follow all the steps, many are there for safety as well as cosmetics. (i.e. level and plum) Hope it all goes well for you. If you have any questions, shoot us a message and we'll try to help as best we can. And we would love to see pics of yours when you get done. Good Luck!
drpeeb5 years ago
Looks great! I want to make 6' hi driveway entrance columns and have two 20" x 20" pads already. I assume with that height I need to fill the center as you did? I need space in the middle for electrical wiring and a couple of electrical boxes on the outside. I guess I could run the wires thru 8"x8"x16" standard cement blocks in the column centers?
GusGrass5 years ago
It is aggravating as heck, especially when people hit your mail box on purpose, but in many places, like along side State Highways, it is against the law to have a super strong mail box post. You can be liable for significant damages as a result of an accident. Sort of like getting sued by a thief because he got hurt while robbing your house.
peguiono5 years ago
nice I like the look of it this is something we need to do lol

cars (college kids mostly) like to hit our mail box with their cars . our mail box has been broken off at the very bottom 3 or 4 times. he he he just wait when I switch the wood post for brick :P who's laughing now :]
Downside is if they do hit it it could get knocked over any way, my suggestion, dig a deep hole, needs to go below frost layer anyway, then put in an I beam, with a wood veneer, concrete in and wait for the resounding crunch... Or you could mount the mailbox on a large counter sprung mechanism so it's perfectly upright until a car hits it and it leans over, it might work...
maybe I could put my mailbox right next to our ditch :P
Vintiquities (author)  peguiono5 years ago
Ha, ha, no kidding. We did this one because the last one was hit more times than anyone could count. It was a huge bumper magnet! The final hit took it out good. But it did give us a good Instructable, LOL.
This is an excellent instructable, with very helpful pictures all along. I may try to make one of these for my mom after seeing such an easy to follow guide.
Vintiquities (author)  MacGyver11385 years ago
Hey thanks for the comment. You are welcome to contact us at any time with any questions if you are going to build one yourself. I think we did a pretty good job showing how to do it. My husband does make it look easy but it is a lot of work, although it's well worth it in savings. He built this one in a day but If you have to stop in the middle of it and do the rest the next day be sure to finish out all the joints with the jointer and brush before stopping. You can't finish them if the mud has set up already.
Nice instructable, love all the info in the pictures. Now come build one at my house.
It's about time someone put up an Instructable on building with brick, I've done a few jobs myself and this Instructable tells it like it is, it's all there. Good Luck to you.