We halved this distance, made marks 1/2 inch from each of the four corners and used the rafter square to draw straight lines across the 12 x 2.
We were left with a penciled template on the 12 x 2.
This sounds odd but I frequently listen to Adam’s Ace on the House podcast where he discusses home repairs.
So I routed the bottom and middle tiers to make them look more interesting and custom.
We then placed the 10 x 2 inside this template and secured it to the 12 x 2 with 2.5 inch deck screws.
This is the easiest way to center the 10 x 2 on top of the 12 x 2.
In less than 10 seconds we had a perfectly square piece of pressure treated lumber. In fact, it’s easier than loading the dishwasher in my humble opinion.
We did this for the 10 x 2 and 1 x 8 sections of wood as well. All our measuring for the day was done because we used the newly cut bases as templates for each successive cut. The initial 3 tier look wasn’t bad but a little blah and boring.
We noticed this dangerous issue while doing an annual inspection of the house.
Before getting started on this project we wanted to know which material was better: pressure treated lumber or PVC boards.
But the expanding and contracting over time could cause the column to move out of plumb.
This is helpful info to learn because I’d prefer our porch Perhaps Eric could see our angst or had a great cup of coffee or is just a great guy.
The 2 x 6s can be placed on a level sidewalk, patio, or driveway. The bottom portion of the column base is a 12 x 2 piece of wood.