Step 14: Attach the Remaining Rails

Build the frame: Attach the Remaining Rails to Build a Decorative Driveway Marker
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Set your miter saw to 12 degrees and trim off one end of each top rail. Butt the angled end of one rail into the top of the notch, and use a drill/driver and two deck screws to secure it. Attach the other end where it meets the end post. Use a handsaw, as shown, to trim off any overhanging rail. Follow the same steps to attach the rails on the perpendicular side. At the notch, they will butt into the rails you just installed.
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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