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Charlie Hill26/09/2010 20:59:59
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Hi Guys
I want to make a letter box from some 150mm x 22mm treated sawn timber. It will be big enough to take the newspapers as well as the letters, and will need to be weather proof as we occassionally get some rain down here in the South West!
I am wondering how best to joint the boards as they need to be wider than 150mm and also how best to joint it all together. Initially I was thinking about biscuit joints using Titebond exterior glue. My concern is that the exposure to the weather will cause the timber to expand / contract quite a lot.
As this is not intended to be a work of art I want to use a fairly simple solution, so wonder if you clever guys have any suggestions please?
Oddjob27/09/2010 11:37:44
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Rubbed joints withTitebond exterior glue will do the job perfectly well.  I have made bird boxes and hedgehog boxes this way and they are still surviving after more than ten years!
Charlie Hill27/09/2010 21:07:09
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Hi Richard
Many thanks for that.
When you made your boxes did you butt joint them using the Titebond exterior please?
Oddjob28/09/2010 10:19:48
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Yes I used Titebond exterior.
Charlie Hill30/10/2011 17:53:31
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Well I built the letter box last year.
Sadly it is n't waterproof so I get soggy newspapers & post when it rains heavily!!!
I tried adding the oak strips after I realised it let in the wet, but this made little difference.
Does anybody have any idea why it is leaking? I wonder if the angle of the roof is too shallow?
You can see a photo of the letter box in my albums.
I hope somebody can help please.
Paul Jones 430/10/2011 18:36:04
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Hi Charlie

Does the water enter through the opening as shown in my picture.

Try cutting a gully as shown so that the water will fall before running down the wall of the box.


Charlie Hill30/10/2011 19:31:27
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Hi Paul
Tanks for that.
I think that most of it is coming via the sides and front.
Maybe I should rout out a gully on all four sides?

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