Step 1: Make the Finial

Create a 3-by-3-inch block: Cut a 4x4 to length and rip material off two adjacent sides. Using the cut list and detailed instructions (see the last paragraph on the previous page), rip angles along each side to produce a pyramid-shaped finial. Notch its base to create a nailing ledge for the A-frame peaks.
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    Tools List

    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • pneumatic brad nailer
      Pneumatic nail gun
    • hand clamps

    Shopping List

    1. ½x2-inch cedar strips
    to make the four sides

    2. 4x4-inch cedar post
    to make the finial3. -inch nails
    for the nail gun