Over the last few years I have made many of these entryway organizers. I was originally making them out of pallet wood but eventually grew tired of cutting the pallets into usable pieces and removing all of the nails. Now I use edge glued pine and the build process is much quicker.
Tools I use for this:
I start by cutting a piece 10.5” tall by 15.5” wide. You can substitute using a big panel by gluing together narrower pieces side by side to reach the same dimensions.
Next, I cut the rest of the pieces. I use a table saw to cut the 1.5” strips and 2.5” strips.
Here are all of the pieces:
10.5” x 15.5” panel
Two 1.25” x 15.5” strips
2.5” x 15.5” strip
5.5” x 11.25” piece for mail holder, bottom cut at a 45º angle
Two triangles with longest side measuring 6 5/8”, with one 45º angle and two 157.5º angles (it sounds a lot harder to accomplish than it actually is)
I apply wood glue to each piece before nailing.
I attach the triangle pieces to the mail slot with one nail on the underside and one nail on the top side.
After all of the pieces are assembled and nailed into place. I allow some time for the glue to dry before applying the stain. I also go through and give all of the edges a light sanding.
On this one I am using classic gray wood stain, but this design looks great in any variety of colors.
I add two D-ring picture hangers to the top corners and two clear rubber feet to the bottom corners for wall hanging.
And here is the finished product. Over the years of making these I’ve gotten pretty efficient, this one probably took about 30-45 minutes to make.