Step 5: Assemble the Pieces

Drill a 3/16-inch pilot hole through the center of each post cap and into the center of the bottom of the baluster. Align the three pieces, stacking the 4x4 and 6x6 post caps and placing the baluster on top. Screw the pieces together with a 3-inch wood screw. Insert a candle in the top hole.
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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