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Make Your Own Modern Wooden Mail Organizer

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What You'll Be Creating

Need a stylish way to keep your keys and mail organized? This wooden mail organizer is the perfect solution to all your organizational needs. This quick woodworking project is a great way to test out your carpentry skills!


Woodworking supplies
  • One 33 x 30 cm (13 x 12 in) board—the back board
  • Two 15.25 cm (6 in) long 2.5 x 5 cm (1 x 2 in) boards—the sides of the box
  • One 23 cm (9 in) long 2.5 x 5 cm (1 x 2 in) board—the bottom of the box
  • Three 23 cm long 2.5 x .5 cm (9 in long 1 x .25 in)—known as "lattice"—front of the box
  • Two medium wood clamps
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing nails
  • Drill bit (smaller than the diameter of the finishing nails)
  • Two hooks
  • Hammer
  • Tape measure

1. Building the Mail Box

Step 1

Assemble the wooden box how you would like it to be. The sides of the box shown are 15.25 cm (6 in) long. The slats for the front of the box are 33 cm long 2.5 x .5 cm (9 in long 1 x .25 in). Mark the end of each front slat where a nail will go to hold the slats to the sides. There will be a total of six marks, one at the end of each slat.

Assemble the wooden box

Step 2

Working with one mark at a time, drill a hole through the slat and slightly into the side board. Do not move the boards once the hole is drilled.

Drill a hole

Step 3

Place a finishing nail in the hole you just drilled and tap it into place. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the five remaining marks.

Tap in the nail

Step 4

Once all six nails are installed for the front, place the bottom piece where it should go and mark where the nails will go to fasten it to the sides. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for these two nails.

Add the bottom piece

2. Attaching the Box

Step 1

Once the box is completed it is time to affix it to the back board. The first step is to apply a bit of wood glue to the back of the sides and bottom. 

Apply glue

Step 2

Now place the box portion onto that back board. Make sure to place the box in a location that allows for the hooks to be installed underneath. Clamp each side of the box to the board. Wipe any excess wood glue that might have oozed out of the seams.

Clamp each side of the box to the board

Step 3

Once these clamps are in place, flip the project over and locate where the bottom of the box is and mark two places for nails to be installed. These nails should go through the back board and into the bottom portion of the box to add more support to the box. Repeat steps 2 and 3 from the first section to install these nails.

Add nails

Step 4

Once the above step is completed, remove the clamps and use a tape measure to locate four more places on the back side of the project to install nails along the sides of the box. Install these nails according to steps 2 and 3 from the first section.

Add nails on the side

Step 5

The last step is to install the hooks. Find the perfect place for the hooks and install them according to the manufacturer's instructions. If you would like to paint or stain your mail organizer, make sure to do so before adding the hooks. 

Install the hooks

Let's Get Organized!

Hang your mail organizer in a handy place—now you are ready to be organized! Just add your mail and hang up your keys. This organizer is a great way to add a bit of style and function to any home.

In this tutorial you learned the skills to make a wooden mail organizer with key hooks. We taught you how to install finishing nails, glue and clamp a project, and assemble a wooden mail organizer.

Your Mail Organizer is Done
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