Step 5: Mark the Notches to Lay out the Center Post

Mark the Notches to Lay out the Center Post To Build a Decorative Driveway Marker
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Mark the cutlines for the horizontal and vertical notches in the center post. The horizontal notch around the top is decorative. The vertical notch at the back of the post is there to anchor the rails but won't be visible in the completed piece.
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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      Miter Saw
    • combination square
      Combination Square
    • straightedge guide
      Straightedge
    • Rafter Square
      Rafter Square
    • adjustable clamp
      Clamps
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • hand saw
      Handsaw
    • spade bit
      Drill/driver
    • hammer
      ¾-inch Spade Bit
    • chisel
      Hammer
    • mallet
      Chisel
    • mallet
      Mallet
    • 2-and-a-half-inch paintbrush
      Paintbrush

    Shopping List

    1x3 for the balusters Get four 6-footers.

    6x6 post Get one at least 3 feet long.

    4x4 post Get one at least 3 feet long.

    1x4 for the rails Get two 8-footers.1¼-inch deck screws

    ½-inch threaded galvanized-steel rod

    primer and paint