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Old 11-12-2009, 07:35 AM   #1
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Railroad Tie Mailbox Post Construction


I am using Railroad ties for a mailbox post. I would like to use a short piece, approx. 2ft, as the support coming off the vertical post 45 degrees to rest the mailbox on. I am having difficulty in trying to determine what hardware to use to fasten this piece to the vertical railroad tie. I have to go through the support piece and then nine inches of the vertical railroad tie. Or is their some other method to fasten and support this piece without going through the material? Any ideas are appreciated.

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Hi and welcome to the forum.

if it were me, i'd notch the two and bolt through the middle. why would you not want to cut them?

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I am not opposed to cutting. I am just that much a novice of carpentry to know what the best method would be. The piece of railroad tie I am looking to secure would come off the main (vertical) post from a 45 degree cut and with a similar 45 degree cut I will rest the mailbox. Not sure if I explained it well. Notching still work in this scenario? If so, what tools are best suited for notching? Saw and chisel? Thanks for your feedback.
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not sure where any 45 cuts would come into play, but a saw and chisel would be my choice, yup.

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not sure where any 45 cuts would come into play, but a saw and chisel would be my choice, yup.

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Old 11-13-2009, 07:35 AM   #6
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I will add a hammer.
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