DIY Fence Post Caps
Post caps often formulate an integral part of fences built for various reasons including safety, durability, sense of privacy and protection. They are a stylish and functional addition as they protect your fence from harsh climatic conditions and can be made in various shapes and styles from a wide range of materials. Building your own fence post caps is only a moderately challenging task and does not really require professional assistance or expensive materials.
Step 1 - Cut the Lumber
Before you get down to your task it is important to contact local authorities and assure that there is no rule, regulation or law preventing your from using or building post caps and to learn any local codes that might be present. Once such pieces of information have been collected and permission sought out, start your project by cutting up a 2 by 8 piece of lumber with the help of a power saw. See to it that you take important safety measures during this step including hand gloves and a face/eye protection mask. Formulate a square as accurately as possible for your post cap keeping in mind the size and shape of your fence. Cedar is also a nice and appropriate form or raw wood that can be used for this project as it does not require much treatment or maintenance.
Step 2 - Decide and Tilt the Blade
Proceed by tilting your table saw blade a little towards 15 degrees but that is subject to some alterations or adjustments considering your choice or preferences. The exact angle will be determined regarding whether you require a steep or a shallow point towards for the peak of your cap.
Step 3 - Place the Post Cap Square
Now set a firm, tall and steady board to the table saw fence. Go about it by placing the 2 inch sides of your personalized post caps on the surface of the table saw, after which fasten a piece of scrap wood (to be used as a backer board) to a respective side of the square. In effect, slither the squares of the post cap to cut through the beveled corner and once done for a particular side, repeat the exact same process for the other 4 sides too.
Step 4 - Final Touches
To improve the quality and appearance of the post caps, apply a 120 grit sandpaper to smoothen down the wood and make it look fresh and shiny. Sanded post caps can also be painted as per the specifications of the final effect you desire. Once the post caps are ready, glue them to the top corners of your fence post with the help of wood adhesive which marks the end of your project.