Step 6: Cut the Vertical Notch for the Center Post

Cut the Vertical Notch for the Center Post To Build a Decorative Driveway Marker
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Adjust the blade depth on your circular saw to 1½ inches. Starting at the bottom end of the post, make a rip cut along one line, as shown, until you reach the top of the mark. Rotate the post 90 degrees and rip the adjacent line; the second cut should connect with the first. Use a handsaw to partially crosscut the waste piece where it's still connected at the top of the notch. Then use a hammer and chisel to cut out the rest of the waste.
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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