This instructable will teach you a variation of the PVC star that is used for outdoor decoration.
1" x 2" x 3 feet (3/4" x 1-1/2" x 3' feet) This is more than you'll need
Outdoor wood glue
- Pre-stain (optional)
- Spar Urethane
- Water-based paint and sealer
- Oil-based paint and mineral spirits
Plug Cutter (optional)
Step 1: Cutting Strips
Step 2: Marking the Piece
Probably the most difficult step of this project is cutting the correct 12 pieces. Hopefully I can explain this step so that you don't make the mistakes that I did.
Take the 45 degree angle of the combination square.
Place it on the left end of your strip of wood.
Trace the 45 degree angle from the end of the strip to the side of the strip. (First Picture)
Rotate the wood 90 degrees toward you. Measure 6 inches and make a 90 degree mark. (Second Picture)
Make a 45 degree line from the mark as pictured. (Third Picture)
Step 3: The First Cut
Place the saw blade between the end of the strip and your mark.
Place your right hand on the wood, thumb holding the wood tight against the fence.
With your left hand, grab the saw handle.
Pull the trigger and slowly lower the blade to cut through the wood.
Step 4: The Second Cut
Repeat step 2-4 until you have a total of 6 identical pieces.
Step 5: The Next 6 Strips
The next 6 strips are similar to the previous, but there is a slight difference.
Make the initial cut (left side) same as the first 6. Rotate the miter saw 45 degrees to the left. You'll have to adjust your jig if you are using one.
Step 6: Labeling
The numbers aren't as visible as I had hoped. Here's a text version if you have trouble reading them in the picture.
Step 7: Mark and Drill
Drill through with a 1/8th drill bit.
Step 8: Drill for the Plugs
Step 9: Assembly
Step 10: Plugs
I removed them with a flat head screw driver.