Step 1: Cover the End of the Column Shaft

covering the hollow end of the column
Photo: Laura Moss
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Cover the hollow end of the column shaft with a round wood plaque. Drill pilot holes for the fasteners, being sure to bore deep enough to penetrate the column's solid sides. Secure the plaque with 2-inch wood screws.
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    Tools List

    • carpenter's pencil
      Pencil
    • multi-bit screwdriver
      Screwdriver
    • paintbrush
      Paintbrush
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • combination square
      Combination square

    Shopping List

    Wood column

    6 coat hooks with screws

    Circular wood plaque

    Three open-ended boxes
    (8-, 10- and 12-inch square)

    Wood screws

    Painter's tape

    Wood glue

    Paint (small sample pot)

    1 quart clear acrylic polyurethane