attaching the 1x6 pieces to the 2x4 center board
Photo: Kolin Smith

Step 10: Join the Post Parts

Remove the center post and arms, apply construction adhesive to them, and press them into the outlines on the cladding. Tack the 2x4 pieces with a pneumatic finishing nailer and 2-inch-long nails. If you installed the electrical cable in Step 3, be sure to keep the fasteners within 1½ inches of either edge of the 2x4. Apply construction adhesive to the exposed faces of the 2x4s and set the remaining cladding in place; use your combination square to align it with the opposite layer of cladding. Press the boards down. For added strength, you can tack this cladding in place with a pneumatic finishing nailer and 2-inch-long nails. If you do, be sure to fill and sand the nail holes.
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    • drill
    • circular saw
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    • cold chisel
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    • hammer
    • combination square
      combination square
    • caulk gun
      caulking gun
    • pneumatic finish nailer
      pneumatic finishing nailer
    • flush-cut handsaw
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    • sledge hammer
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    • two-foot level
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    • random orbit sander
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    Shopping List

    24 common cedar board. Get one 8-footer to make the center post and lantern arm.

    16 clear cedar boards. Get two 8-foot lengths to clad the post.

    210 clear cedar board. Get one 6-footer to wrap the base of the post.

    construction adhesive

    2- and 2½-inch-long finishing nails for a pneumatic nailer

    -inch hardwood dowel

    -inch-diameter spade bit waterproof carpenter's glue to glue dowel rods in place

    polyurethane glue for mitered joints on the decorative base

    100-grit disks for the random-orbit sander

    1-inch screw hook for hanging the lantern or light fixture

    copper candle lantern

    low-voltage land-scape light fixture (optional)

    transformer (optional)

    12-volt cable (optional)

    cable staples (optional)