Step 2: Attach the First Box

fixing the top of the base to the column with painter's tape
Photo: Laura Moss
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Center the smallest of the three boxes (8, 10, and 12 inches square) you'll use to form the base on the plaque, with the box's open side facing down. Hold it in place with painter's tape and fasten with 1-inch wood screws—no need for pilot holes.
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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