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How to Build a Simple Mail Organizer without any major tools

teacher avatar Anika Gandhi, DIY and Craft Blogger

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Lessons in This Class

11 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. DIY mail sorter Introduction

    • 2. Lumber needed to build the mail sorter

    • 3. Tools needed

    • 4. How to cut the boards for the project

    • 5. Final boards and prepping them to build

    • 6. Attaching base of the mail sorter

    • 7. How to attach the ends

    • 8. Adding dividers and the front

    • 9. The last steps

    • 10. How to make it your own

    • 11. Conclusion

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About This Class

Woodworking doesn't have to be intimidating. There are many projects that can be made without major power tools or any woodworking experience. It is my goal to inspire you to create something with a few simple tools. 

This Mail Organizer is a very versatile piece which can be customized to fit your need. It makes a great addition to any space and a perfect gift.

Join me in this class as I show you how to make it with detailed step by step videos and a full printable tutorial and worksheet.

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Anika Gandhi

DIY and Craft Blogger


Anika is a DIY addict! She loves everything DIY ranging from woodworking to simple crafts. Her blog, Anika's DIY Life is aimed at inspiring everyone to be fearless in their creativity. There are no boundaries and rules when it comes to creating like her yellow nightstands or the bold DIY ottoman.

With a background in Engineering and technical program management, she brings you clear step by step instructions on all of her DIY and craft projects.

Follow Anika's DIY Life on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook for fun DIY ideas and inspiration everyday!

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1. DIY mail sorter Introduction: Hi. My name is Anika. And today I'm going to show you how to make this simple mail sorter. I discovered woodworking a few years ago on. I haven't stopped since. But what working does not need to be intimidating. You can make many simple projects using basic lumber and basic tools in this class, I'm going to show you everything that you need. In order to make this project. The class is broken down into multiple step by step videos. Starting with understanding the lumber and tools needed cutting the boards and then putting everything together. I will show you how to even hang this on the wall. I will also talk to you about all the different ways in that you can modify it to give it your own special touch. This makes a great addition to your home. Are you can even make it as a gift? I also have a project worksheet for you to follow along as we make this project. So click enroll and that's get started. 2. Lumber needed to build the mail sorter: So let's talk about the number that we need for this man sorter. We've won by 12 inch board and I want my four inch board. You could get these at any high breast door that says they will even cut it down for you. Now what do these numbers actually mean? Let's look at the one by two out, for this means that the went off the board is 12 inches and the bigness is one inch. However, the actual thickness of the boards are always smaller. The 12 inch with is actually 11.5 inches. This take a look, and the one inch thickness is actually three and 1/4. Now we have the same situation with the one by four board as well. The whip is actually 3.5 inches, and the thickness is 3/4 of spinach. Now that we understand number, it is time to cut our boards 3. Tools needed: So now let's talk about the tools that we need to make our mail sorter. And as promise we do not need any major power tools. We a simple hammer. Some finish nails. These are nails which have a small head, and they are one and 1/4 inch long. They are called Finish nails, and you can find them in the hardware store wherever they sell the wood nails. Since groups, we also need Wood Group, and then we need something to cut our lumber. Now, if you have a miter saw, that is awesome. It's a power tool. If you have a miter saw, that's great. But if you don't, you don't need to worry about it because you can use something that's called a miter box. This mighty box basically comes for the hand saw, and it is a simple box, which helped you make 45 degrees on 90 degree cuts 4. How to cut the boards for the project: So let's get started talking about how to cut our number. First we need are won by 12 board cut to 15 inches. Now you can cut this yourself using your hands. So are if you have a circular saw. But also you could have the hardware stores cut it for you there normally happy to cut it for you for any lens that are over 12 inches. Next, we need are won by four boards. The weapon forwards. We need to cut to pieces at 15 inches. I already have these over here, but basically you can use your fighters boss and similarly, place your 14 inch number here and you're so and cut it at 90 degree now. The other major thing we need to cut are the dividers for the dividers. We you don't have to cut the angles if you don't want to. You could have a straight con, but I kind of like to look off the 45 degree cut number that the dividers that show up. So let's cut the 45 degree angles and let's cut out the dividers to start off We mark off, um, at 2.5 inches 2.5 inches is very mark our number and you place the board inside your my box such that your mark for the 2.5 inches aligns with your 45 degree angle right there. So all you need to do is they Museum France saw, Try funny. And there you have it. Does one off our dividers is cut. 5. Final boards and prepping them to build: way have cut, Call our four dividers and all of our number. It's time to signed it down to make sure that we don't have any sharp edges or splinters coming up now. My favorite way to do that is to use this sanding sponge. It's very easy to hold and sanded down, so you basically stand down all corners that having these printers showing. So here is what we need. Ultimately, in terms of number, we need our 15 inch long, one by 12 board to 15 inches long, one by four boards I four pieces of one by four at the 45 degree angle using our minor box . 6. Attaching base of the mail sorter: Okay. It is now time to build. So let's start with a one by two outboard, which is the back with the beads order and at one off the 15 inch, one by four boards. Now, this is going to go on here like and you can see I place it on there, and we're gonna glue it right there. So get the group completely and place it right where you know and align it. Really? Well, now we need to make sure there permanently attached by kneeling. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to nail it from the back, so I'm going to turn it around, holding it carefully like that. Now you've been used the other one by four to kind of support it from this. I go see you get the right angle, and while you're nailing it, it stays in its spot. And then we just take our finished now and there. We have our base attached to the back 7. How to attach the ends: Now that we have our base attached, we're ready to attach the dividers. To do that, we are going to start off by first placing art and dividers. Then we're going to measure four inches for each off our slot. So measures four inches and mark the part marked the four inches on the other end off the basis. Well, place your divider. Now, the divider is a 300 quarter inch, 3/4 of an inch take. So we will measure another four inches from the end of that divider all the way here. So even also Mark the other end based, and our divider goes right here. So now we have three slots off four inches with each. Now it is time to attach them. So we start off with the end dividers and we use the same way we attached the base way. Add the wood glue to the back and to the bottom, place it on there and nail it from the back. Now that we have attached the bottom, we can turn it off work, use our other pieces one by foreign support and Neil in from the back. And we have our one side attached. Now that we have one of the sides attached, we use the same technique to attach the other side. We add the wood glue on the bottom on the back and place it in its spot. Then we just So now we have both the ends attached. 8. Adding dividers and the front: Now that we have both our ends attached, we need to attach the dividers in the middle. So remember, we made these marks at four inches each. Um, and we also made a mark all the way to the end. So we're going to do is draw a line from this mark old we down. This is going to be our reference for when we have to nail it in from the bottom and we do the same pain. We we take our wood glue, keep our divider right there out to Marc of four inches using thing. Turn it around. Now, you know that the lines here and the dividers on the side of the line so you can estimate exactly where you need to mail. Now that we have this divider in, we turn it over the same way you are board to keep it stable. And we use our life here to get an estimate exactly where our dividers are. Batteries on this side off the night. So we just go in and they live in. So I attached our fourth divider in here is about the same way with wood glue and finish news. So now I have all four dividers in here ready for the next stiff thing we're going to do is attach the board in the front, create the friends which goes and just like that, and we do the same thing. We used wood, glue and nails, and they lived right in. So we're gonna put the wood glue across all of these boards that you see in front everywhere that the front board is going to touch and way put our board out of here and other than and our main starter is ready. Now, in the next lesson, we will talk about how you can give your own special touch. Did this man disorder? 9. The last steps: now that are meals. Order is built and ready. It is time to give it the final touches. But the first thing you need to do is check for any rough edges and give it a light sanding using sandpaper. Also, you can see that the nail heads are visible since we use finish nails and they have a really tiny head. They're pretty much embedded inside the wood. You can bandy even feel them on top. I like to leave them because they give it a nice rustic look. However, if you want, you could use some wood filler and fill them in and the and signed it off. These new heads also covered up pretty well with bait. So let me show you a version of this that I think it and bait. It's a similar version. It's green. I painted it green. I did use over here. I used to different boards to create a different variation. Over here. It is just a example off. What else you could do? I used some chalkboard labels on simply put them on here and use them to label the bins. You could even paint on something you could write a B C 123 Whatever I wrote up here with a Sharpie black Sharpie, I just rolled male up here. You could, um right, Theo. Initials. You could write your last name, our first name or anything that you want. Now, let's talk about how do we hand this man sword on the wall? You have the manslaughter on the wall. I use these Devery. These are basically available in any store that sells picture hanging hardware, and they're pretty easy to install. You just threw them in, of course. Draw line to make sure their level. Screw them in. And then on the wall, you use picture hanging hooks are even monkey hooks, and they're pretty sturdy and hold up pretty well. 10. How to make it your own: now for the last lesson Before we close out, I wanted to talk to you about the various ways you can customize this mail sorter to meet your needs or to give it your own personal touch like a did here. You see, I used to different boards to create a slatted look. Another option is instead of using this one by 12 in the back, you could use a one by four board in the back as well, and just cut your dividers straight and 90 degrees so you would have a simple have been that can be used as a pencil holder. Been Stoerner or a table organizer. I have also used a similar approach to build this homework station for my daughter, which holds her files and folders and also holds her bends and coloring markers and pencils . You could even make a variation of this for the entryway, where you could add a few hooks in the front, which would act as key holders and you could use put a raisin here for flowers to make it all look pretty. Uh, you can use this in a 1,000,000 different ways. The basic way of building is the same. We are using finish nails and not cruise. But if you wanted to make it much more sturdier, you could definitely use some screws is 11. Conclusion: So we finished making the mail sorter. I am so glad you enrolled in this course and I hope you had as much fun making it as I did . I would love to see your finished project so pleased you upload your pictures and the project gallery for lots more D I Y and craft ideas and tutorials. Please do check out my website at Annika's D I. Y life dot com. While you're there, make sure to sign up to receive freebies and weekly D i Y inspiration tutorials delivered right Teoh.