Step 8: Finish the job

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Photo: Brian Wilder
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The screw heads are covered with an oil-based glazing putty, then the patch is covered with a coat of oil-based primer. Two top-coats of 100-percent acrylic paint follow. The paint isn’t there just to look pretty—it’s the wood’s first line of defense against water and sunlight.
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    Tools List

    • folding A-square
      Square
    • utility knife
      Utility knife
    • ryoba saw
      Japanese handsaw
    • chisel
      Chisel
    • sand paper
      100- and 150-grit sandpaper

    Shopping List

    1. CEDAR REPLACEMENT PATCH
    (Note: Cedar is a rot resistant wood)

    2. POLYURETHANE GLUE

    3. STAINLESS STEEL TRIM SCREWS

    4. GLAZING PUTTY

    5. OIL-BASED PRIMER

    6. 100-PERCENT ACRYLIC PAINT