As strong vertical supports, porch posts hold up the porch roof but are also dominant visual elements in a home's exterior. Refashion existing porch posts that are unattractive or add more girth to skinny porch posts by using cedar boards as cladding. Cedar is well-suited for covering posts, as it is attractive, grips fasteners well and is naturally impervious and resistant to water and insect infestations.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Table saw
- Chop saw (optional)
- 220-grit sandpaper
- Countersink bit
- Silicone sealant
- Wood screws
- Damp rag
- Wood plugs and wood glue (optional)
- Wood filler and putty knife (optional)
- Wood sealer
Set the blade on a table saw to a 45-degree angle, for creating mitre cuts. Move the rip fence toward the blade to a distance that will create a cut that matches the width of the posts. Keep in mind that the inside edges, not the outside edges, of the mitre cuts need to match the width of the posts. Rip four boards for each side of each post.
Cut the board lengths to match the height of the posts by making cross cuts on the table saw, or with another type of saw such as a chop saw.
Sand frays from the cut edges of the boards with 220-grit sandpaper.
Dry-fit the boards onto the posts and drill two pilot holes each near the tops, at the centres and near the bottoms of the boards. Use a drill with a countersink bit.
Apply beads of outdoor silicone sealant to the mitred edges to ensure watertight seals.
Screw the boards in place with corrosion-resistant wood screws and the drill. Wipe off any silicone that oozes out with a damp rag.
Conceal the screw heads and fill the countersunk holes by gluing in matching wood plugs or by filling them with wood filler, using a putty knife.
Paint the boards with outdoor wood sealer and a paintbrush.
Tips and warnings
- Decorative caps are also available and can be affixed to ornament the tops and bottoms of the posts.
- As an alternative to mitre cuts, locking rebate cuts be made in the board edges.
- Do not attempt to restore strength to unsound posts with cedar cladding, as boards are purely superficial.
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