Step 1: Cut the Balusters to Size

Using a miter saw, remove the tenon of a baluster to create a flat bottom. Cut the top down to your preferred length, making certain that the diameter and depth of the top is large enough to accommodate a 1-inch-diameter candle (at least 1½ inches). If your baluster is tapered, shim up the end you're cutting so that you get a square cut.
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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • bar clamps
      Bar clamps
    • drill
      Drill/driver fitted with -inch Forstner bit and 3/16-inch drill bit
    • tack cloth
      Tack cloth
    • paintbrush
    • cleaning rag

    Shopping List

    Three balusters

    Three 4x4 flat-topped post caps

    Three 6x6 flat-topped post caps

    150-grit sandpaper



    Three 3-inch wood screws

    Three 1-inch taper candles