Every gardener needs a mailbox for storing hand tools such as pruners and hand shovels. I have used mailboxes for years even before Pinterest and sites like Hometalk existed. Everyone thought I was weird but now my upcycling efforts are not so ‘weird’.
I am lazy when it comes to putting away my tools and I have to have something easy and in reach so that I do not walk off and forget to put them away. Yes, I will admit that I am guilty of having those occasional, okay maybe frequent, times where I get side tracked and walk off to start something else or talk to a neighbor passing by. Using mailboxes works perfect for storing small tools and even gloves (as long as you do not have ants). I am all about convenience!
My potting bench is made from 100+ year old barn boards and 4×4 timbers I had and so I knew the legs would hold the mailbox. I have another mailbox on a post cemented in the
ground in another area too. I cut the boards about 30″ with 45 degree angles cut the opposite ways and then I gathered up 6-3″ screws to attach the boards to the bench. I also found a piece of board that the mailbox could sit on to attach to the legs just as you would on a mailbox post. I then found a few 2″ screws so I could attach the board and then the mailbox. I got out my drill driver with screw driver attachment and my drill with a drill bit small enough for a pilot hole for the 3″ screws. I always pre-drill pilot holes so I do not take a chance and split the wood. I drilled 3 holes in a triangle pattern to attach to the leg of the potting bench. This whole process took me about an hour (probably would be less if I had not been interrupted by the dogs).
I am all about making life easier and less complicated so I can spend the time doing what I love-gardening and creating. I hope that this gets you looking for your very own mini tool shed to add to your garden and maybe even build a potting bench so that you can enjoy more gardening!
Happy gardening everyone!
Creating. Inspiring. Gardening without the rules!
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