Build a simple Welcome Post in an afternoon!
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This is an easy build with fantastic creative results.
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What you will need to build this DIY Welcome Post:
- 4 x4 Fence Post Cut: 30 inches long 2×6 down to make 2 5 1/2″x5 1/2″ squares and 2 4 1/2″x 4 1/2″ square.
- Different Widths of wood cut into squares. For the three tear welcome post I have 3 different sized squares. They measure: SMALL: 5 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches MEDIUM: 7 1/2 by 7 1/2 inches LARGE: 9 1/2 by 9 1/2 inches.
- Single Hook
- Long wood screws & Drill
- Rust-Oleum Varathane Outdoor Classic Clear Water Based Spray, Gloss Finish
- Wood Glue
- BLACK+DECKER Orbital Sander or some muscle & some sand paper
- Wood filler (not required)
Once you have cut your wood to the appropriate lengths mentioned above start sanding all the wood.
You will need TWO small squares, TWO medium squares, ONE Large square (optional) & ONE 4 by 4 post.
I used my Orbital Sander to make this part move a little quicker.
If you decide to make this welcome post a different height just remember that if it is too tall it will tip over without a wider base. And too short will make it harder to add a wreath.
Once it is all sanded take a cloth and wipe all the pieces clean.
Stain BEFORE you put it together, it makes things easier later.
Since I used thick wood for the squares I had to screw them into the post individually. If you use thinner squares you may be able to attache all the squares together with a few long screws.
I first added wood glue to the base of the post and then screwed the block into the post on two corners.
After that I repeated this step for the next square. This time put some wood glue to the bottom of the small attached square and then screw the large square into the small square in the opposite corners so they don’t end up hitting each other.
Repeat on the top. I used wood filler to fill in the two holes left by the screws I counter sunk. You could also use a mixture of sawdust & wood glue instead. Don’t forget to stain the wood filled areas.
If you want the welcome post to have a distressed look now would be the time to take some sandpaper and scuff it up before you put the poly layers on.
Once your welcome post is together it is time to take it outside and use a can of outdoor polyurethane. I used a spray-can as it was easier and faster.
I gave it three coats of the polyurethane as my welcome post is not protected from the weather and I wanted it to last.
Once your Welcome Post has dried, Add the hook and decorate!
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