Step 9: Finish the post corners

Step 9: shape and sand the corners of each post to build an arbor «»
Use a router fitted with a ½-inch chamfering bit to shape all four corners of each post. Make two or three progressively deeper cuts so you don't splinter the wood or overload the tool. Start the chamfers 3-inches below the 1x3 trim and end them 20-inches above the bottom of the posts. Sand the chamfers smooth with a random-orbit sander, then prime and paint them to match the rest of the structure.
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    Tools List

    • bit auger
      Auger bit
    • drill
      Drill
    • 30-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • finish hammer
      Hammer
    • router
      Router

    Shopping List

    1. 8x8 POSTS

    6 required



    2. 2x8 CROSS BEAMS

    6 required



    3. 2x6 RAFTERS

    7 required



    4. 1x2 LATTICE STRIPS

    9 required



    5. 1x3 TRIM

    applied around tops of each post



    6. 3/4-INCH-DIAMETER X 42-INCH-LONG GALVANIZED-METAL PIPE

    used to hold posts in place



    7. PRIMER AND PAINT OR STAIN

    8. 2- AND 3-INCH DECKING SCREWS

    9. CONCRETE MIX

    for creating poured-concrete footings



    10. 2 1/2-INCH GALVANIZED FINISHING NAILS

    used to attach 1x3 trim to posts



    11. WOOD PRESERVATIVE

    used to treat the ends of the posts



    12. 1/2-INCH PRESSURE-TREATED PLYWOOD

    cut into 7 [FRACTION 1/2]-inch-square fastening plates