|Project by Carey Mitchell||posted 12-12-2014 04:39 PM||1013 views||3 times favorited||3 comments|
When the old post began to look shabby, I designed this to look a little different from the others on the street. The numbers are relief carved with the router.
The first problem was finding a 4×6 at Home Depot that was not cracked; then allowing it to dry in the basement for 2 months before beginning. Many of the pieces in both their and Lowe’s inventory were literally dripping wet. I coated the ends with wood restorer to stop drying from the ends and checking. BTW, you can make this stuff by dissolving a piece of plexiglas in acetone – cost is about 1/4 that of a can of the branded stuff.
Fitting the brace into the mortises in the post and arm was a real pain due to the rigidity of those members – it took forcing both tenons and the cross joint simultaneously – and I do mean force !