Step 3: Panel the Sides

panel the sides
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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Cut ½-by-1½-inch lattice into paneling pieces. For the front and back, use full-width strips for the vertical pieces and double them up for the horizontal pieces. Trim the strips down to 1 inch for the side paneling so that it appears 1 ½ inches wide when butted against the front and back paneling. Cap the lower paneling using small crown molding topped with a 1x shelf. Sheathe the bottom of the post with baseboard. Use a 5x5 deck post cap at the top. Line inside the paneling with window bead.
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    Shopping List

    1. Pressure Treated Lumber a 4x4 post, 2x2, 2x6, and a 1x

    2. ¾-inch Pressure Treated Plywood to sheath the base of the post.

    3. ½-by-1½-inch Lattice and Molding Choose a baseboard, small crown molding and window bead to trim the post.

    4. Post Cap a 5x5 cap will cover the post and decorative sheathing. 5. Mailbox

    6. 1 5/8-inch and 3-inch Deck Screws

    7. Stainless Steel Siding Nails

    8. Acrylic Adhesive Caulk

    9. Exterior Latex Primer and Paint