How to Build a Letterbox
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How to Build a Letterbox

A very achievable job for the Not-So-Handy!!! You'll Amaze Yourself!!
4.4 (30 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
2,293 students enrolled
Created by Chris Parsons
Last updated 6/2014
Price: Free
  • 39 mins on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • To show how simple it is to - Mix Concrete and Mortar - Lay Bricks - Add tiles to the project and more
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  • There are various tools and equipment you will need before undertaking the job -30kg bag of sand, 30 kg bag of Concrete, 30 kg bag of Mortar, 30 kg bag of Render, Tile Adhesive, Paint, Letterbox, Tiles, 80 x discontinued or secondhand bricks, Paint, Beading, Bucket for water, Bucket for Mixing, 2 x metal or wooden pegs, 4 x pieces of wood for Framework, Wheelbarrow, Trowel, Hawkboard, Screed, Float, Flat Edge Shovel, Spiral Mixer, Spirit Level, Sponge, Brush, 2 x Mortar Boards, Pencil, Bolster or Scraper, Masking Tape (good quality - UV Resistant, water proof) Optional - Solar Light, Pole and 30 kg bag of Rapid Set Concrete

This is a course for the not-so-handy. If you need to call a friend to replace a washer in the faucet or don't know your pick from your hoe then this is the course for you!

The course provides step by step instructions on how to prepare, install and render a brick letterbox

You will learn various skills and methods of professional builders, concretors and tradesman from mixing concrete, pouring concrete, levelling concrete, mixing mortar, laying bricks, applying render, tiling and more! We will even show you how to put a solar light next to your new letterbox. Believe me, if I can do it..Anyone Can Do It!

Along the way to building your very own Letterbox, we will share the many hints, tips and techniques of seasoned professionals.

The Course itself is broken into Four Distinct Stages

1. Framework

2. Brickwork

3. Rendering

4. Tiling

We hope you enjoy the course and know, with practice, that you will be the handiest handyman in your street!

Who is the target audience?
  • This is a course for the DIY novice
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Curriculum For This Course
How to Build a Letterbox
12 Lectures 39:05

In this short video we explain exactly what the job is and what we'll be doing!


Framework is the first stage of the project where we frame up where our letterbox will go and then we lay our concrete base. For this stage you will need -

Sand - 4 x bits of wood or metal - 30 kilogram bag of concrete - Water - Wheelbarrow - Shovel - Screed and Trowel


In this lesson we will work out exactly how our bricks will be set out before we lay them.

You will need -

80 x seconds or common bricks - Mortar - Letterbox - Level - Trowel - Square - Pencil

Brickwork - Set Out

In this lesson we will be using our mortar and laying the courses of brick. It is very important to make sure the first course is level before moving on.

You will need -

Mixed mortar - Mortar Board - Trowel - Bricks - Bucket of Water - Level - Letterbox

Brickwork - Laying the Courses

In this lesson we will prepare the letterbox for Rendering by cleaning the surface of the letterbox and then glueing on the beading.

You will need -

Bolster/Scraper - Brush - Liquid Nails - Masking Tape (High Quality - Waterproof and UV Resistant - Beading

Preparing the Letterbox for Rendering

In this lesson we will be making the Render - be sure to check the back of the bag for mixing ratio.

You will need -

Render/Mortar - Water - Bucket - Spiral Mixer

Mixing the Render

In this lesson we will be learning the technique of rendering and then applying that knowledge to our letterbox with the first coat.

If a novice (like me) be sure to practice the technique for half an hour before starting.

You will need -

Render - Hawk (Hand Board) - Trowel - Water

Rendering - First Coat

In this lesson we will check to see if we have put on an adequate amount of render, once thats achieved we are ready for the second coat.

You will need -

Level or Screed (piece of straight wood)


In this lesson we will learn how to give a smooth finish to the second coat of render in preparartion for Painting.

You will need -

Screed - Float - Water - Brush

Rendering - Preparing the surface for Painting

In this lesson we will prepare for tiling by measuring out the tiles and then cutting them.

You will need -

Tiles - Pencil - Razor Blade - Tile Cutter

Tiling - Preparation

In this lesson we will mix the tile adhesive, apply it to the letterbox and glue on the tiles.

You will need -

Tile Adhesive - Water - Buckets - Spiral Mixer - Tiles - Trowel - Notch Trowel - Float


As an added feature to our completed Rendered Mosaic Letterbox, in this lesson we will also add a solar light.

You will need -

Shovel - Rapid Set Concrete - Water - Bucket - Pole - Solar Light

Bonus - Adding a Solar Light
About the Instructor
Chris Parsons
4.5 Average rating
68 Reviews
4,847 Students
3 Courses
Life Hacker

Hello everyone my name is Chris Parsons, a Presenter and Producer from Australia. I have spent the last 15 years meeting, learning and hanging out with people from all walks of life - from bird of prey handlers to engineers to pole vaulters, fishermen, bakers and fighters, discovering how and why they do what they do and do it very well.

I've been fortunate enough in my role as a television host to learn from the very best in their various fields and use their teaching to enable me, a complete novice (in pretty much everything), to build, cook, fly, drive, and bake a whole host of different things.

You know how people say - 'If I can do it anyone can do it? - Yeah I'm that guy.

Its great to meet you!