Introduction

Decorative Driveway Marker you can build
Photo: Kolin Smith
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A well-proportioned driveway marker lends a bit of white-picket pizzazz that will help any house stand out among its peers. The design at right, by This Old House contributor Christopher Beidel, owner of Pernt, a handmade-furniture company, in Brooklyn, New York, has the added benefit of being relatively easy to build. Nearly all the cuts can be made with a miter saw and a circular saw. And pressure-treated lumber makes the project sturdy and capable of standing up to the elements for many years. Follow along on the next page as Christopher pieces it together.

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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      Miter Saw
    • combination square
      Combination Square
    • straightedge guide
      Straightedge
    • Rafter Square
      Rafter Square
    • adjustable clamp
      Clamps
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • hand saw
      Handsaw
    • spade bit
      Drill/driver
    • hammer
      ¾-inch Spade Bit
    • chisel
      Hammer
    • mallet
      Chisel
    • mallet
      Mallet
    • 2-and-a-half-inch paintbrush
      Paintbrush

    Shopping List

    1x3 for the balusters Get four 6-footers.

    6x6 post Get one at least 3 feet long.

    4x4 post Get one at least 3 feet long.

    1x4 for the rails Get two 8-footers.1¼-inch deck screws

    ½-inch threaded galvanized-steel rod

    primer and paint