Step 2: Attach the Legs

Drill two holes, one above the other, using a 3/8-inch combination bit (#10 Drill and Driver, about $9; Stanley). Make the counterbore one-third the depth of each leg. Set the notch of the first leg onto the bottom of a 58-inch-tall newel post (about $65; Lowe's). Attach the leg to the newel post using 2½-inch deck screws. Repeat with the remaining legs. Plug each hole with wood glue and a screw-hole button (about $1.45 for 25; McFeeley's).
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    Tools List

    • jigsaw
    • drill
      Drill/driver, fitted with a combination bit

    Shopping List

    1. 58-inch newel post

    2. 2½-inch deck screws

    3. 3/8-inch screw hole button

    4. Primer and paint or stain

    5. Poplar 2x2

    6. 4 coat hooks