Hi, I'm building a sleeper letter box, I don't have any power tools but I want to know how to actually get the letter box part in the sleeper, its kind of baffling me, I'd love some advice please?
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Sounds like a great project. Do you have a photo or plans you are working from? It would help other members see what you're trying to build.
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@Rolando posted a good one here - https://www.workshop.com.au/t5/Outdoor/New-letterbox-project/m-p/21038#M3044
Is that what you're after @maddy?
Yes thank u so much! That's exactly what I was after, and I love the design on that one too as I won't have to cut any hole in the sleepers, thank you very much God bless
Thanks so much I have received a reply showing me exactly what I need to do. God bless u:)
Great, thanks for letting us know @maddy. Good luck with the project. We look forward to seeing what you come up with. Feel free to post again if you need help with anything.
Hi Maddy, two pieces of advice:
I had 16 screws (8 left and 8 right) holding the two pieces of sleeper stuck to the letterbox however, I added 4 pieces of wood (2 front and 2 back) to strengthen the assembly. I'm sure I would've ripped the screws through the letterbox holes if I didn't brace the whole thing before installation, the weights involved and the bending forces are very high
The assembly is very heavy, I'm a big guy and struggled to handle the thing in place in the hole (used a trolley as well), also when you cement it in, make sure there's a fair bracing with respect to the ground, once it's set you're not going to be able to adjust it a bit to the left or right unless you have an escavator.