Hey there! It’s Day 10 in our 12 Days of Christmas series!
I bought an 8 ft. 4×4 at Home Depot and cut it down to 3 1/2 ft. If you don’t have a saw that will cut through a 4×4, just have the nice guys at Home Depot cut it down for you (it will make it easier to load in the car too)! Then cut a 2×6 scrap down to 5 1/2″ and screw it to one end of the 4×4. This will be the top of the post.
Flip it back to the top and drill a pilot hole for a final. (The pilot hole should be a size smaller than the screw on the finial). You can find wood finals at your local craft store. If it doesn’t have a screw on it, just attach it with wood glue.
Once the wood filler was dry, I applied one coat of Varathane Early American stain over the entire piece. Just wipe it on with a clean cloth, wait 5 minutes then blend it with a separate clean cloth to make sure the stain is even.
Next, I drilled three 1/2″ pilot holes into the post. I did two holes on one side and one on the side right next to it. I drilled the first hole 5 1/2″ from the top, then moved to the other side and drilled one 12″ from that hole then moved back to the other side and drilled that one 12″ from the second hole.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Make sure to check out the other Day 10 projects from our friends! One of us is hosting a giveaway each day so you don’t want to miss out!