Step 15: Attach the Balusters

Build the frame: Attach the Balusters to Build a Decorative Driveway Marker
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Use spacers to keep the balusters off the table (and thus the ground) and to set the distance between them. To hide fastener holes, work from behind the assembly and screw through the rails and into the balusters.

TOH Tip: If you need to level the marker, use rods on all three posts. Thread a nut and a washer onto the rods, and turn the nuts to adjust the height of the posts.
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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