Celebration Mailbox Signs

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Be the first on your block to introduce a fun and original way to celebrate the 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the winter holiday season with four festive signs that you can hang from the mailbox stand shown, a lamp-post arm, or by your home’s front door.

Noted scrollsaw artist, designer, and author, Dirk Boelman, made these signs for us to fit neatly under a standard-sized mailbox. To make them eye-catching for all who might drive by, he painted them with an acrylic primer and acrylic paints. He then topped them off with a protective coat of clear exterior polyurethane spray to make them weather resistant. You can make all four signs from one 12×30" and one 24×30" sheet of 3/4" Finnish birch plywood and three 24×30" sheets of 1/4" Finnish birch plywood. (See the Convenience-Plus Buying Guide.) Planed cedar also works. Enlarge the patterns (pages 60-63) to 200% to make all the signs full size. Once complete, hang the appropriate sign outside for the duration of the holiday, then store it to make way for the next holiday sign.

We’ll first tell how to construct the mailbox stand, and then show how to make the 4th of July sign. Make the remaining signs the same way using the appropriate exploded view drawings and patterns. Included with each holiday design is a list of the plywood materials needed for making a two-sided sign.

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