Step 3: Cut a Mounting Plate

drilling pilot holes into the mounting block
Photo: Julian Wass
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We used a 1x4, trimmed to fit discreetly under the top of the knocker, but you can size and shape the block any way you like. Paint it the color of your front door so that it disappears from view.

Brace the block on a piece of scrap wood, and drill pilot holes sized to match ¼-inch deck screws.
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    Tools List

    • drill
      Drill/driver with high-speed steel bit
    • multi-bit screwdriver
      Screwdriver
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw or other saw for cutting the mounting block

    Shopping List

    1. 2 vertebrae casts

    2. 1 tibia cast

    3. Stainless-steel trim-head screws

    4. 1x4 scrap wood for the mounting block5. Exterior paint the color of your door

    6. 1¼-inch deck screws

    7. Removable mounting tape