Step 2: Cut the Short and Long Boards

Cut the Short and Long Boards to Build an Address Plaque Post
Photo: Anthony Tieuli
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Place the board against the miter saw's fence with the marked side facing out and the marked length on the left. Set the saw blade at a 30-degree left bevel and cut at the mark, as shown. On the remaining board, measure from the bevel's short point and mark the length you wrote down in Step 1. Make a straight cut at this mark. You'll now have two boards, one long and one short, each beveled at one end.
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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      Measuring tape
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • Drill bit
      Drill bit
    • Countersink bit
      Countersink bit
    • Lag-screw driver bit
      Lag-screw driver bit
    • caulk gun
      Caulk gun

    Shopping List

    One 6-inch hollow paneled mailbox post designed to fit over a 4x4 post

    1 urethane decorative outdoor-grade corbel

    1 urethane decorative outdoor-grade finial

    1 metal address plaque

    One 8-foot 1x6 cellular PVC board, to pad out the corbel

    Polyurethane construction adhesive

    1¼-inch exterior screws

    2¼-inch exterior screws

    Paintable caulk

    Acrylic paint

    Screw eyes

    2 S-hooks

    1 ground screw (with rebar and lag bolts)

    One 8-foot 4x4 pressure-treated post