Step 8: Create the Decorative Notch: Make the Bevel Cuts

Create the Decorative Notch: Make the Bevel Cuts To Build a Decorative Driveway Marker
Photo: Kolin Smith
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The horizontal notch begins with parallel 45-degree cuts angling in toward one another. Set your circular saw blade to 45 degrees and match the blade depth to the face of the top bevel. Cut along the notch's top and bottom outlines, as shown, on all four sides. Set the blade back to 90 degrees, and adjust the blade depth to ¾ inch. Make two straight cuts, all the way around the post, that connect with the angled cuts.
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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