Ok, let me just get this out of the way: Fuck Trigonometry. I mean, I’m all for triangulation when it comes to global positioning or designing bridges that don’t fall down. What I’m not cool with is trying to make a square picture frame with miter cuts. The quality of the result requires precision to .001" and angles down to the second, using material as variable as wood and tools that would be familiar to your great great great grand pappy. I have a deeper respect for those working at Michael’s Crafts...they must be god-damn rocket surgeons. Where do I purchase my “Team Butt-Joint” T-shirt??
Oh yeah, the project....
I built an electrical services post out in my back yard this weekend. I started with hilti-ing a 4x4 post saddle into an existing footing. Because i was using full dimensional cedar, I had to rip 1/2" off one end of the post to fit. i then clad 3 sides with full dimension 1x6 rough cedar.
I wanted to finish it with a cap, but because standard 6x6 post caps are designed for finished lumber dimensions, I had to add the skirt, which took, oh, 2 hours and a complete 8' length of 1x4 to get it right...and ‘right’ meaning ‘good enough’.
Because I originally designed it for a simple bird house style cap, the top of the post has a slight angle bit it’s not that noticeable. The original “you should maybe make a nicer cap” cap is in the background.
Then for the stain. As some of you who have read my previous backyard posts, we love everything to match around here, so I used the leftover fence stain to regale the post in it’s “conform or be cast out” livery.
After the stain was almost dry, I went on to glue-up and mount the nema 4x boxes and liquid-tight flex conduit. The recess created by the 1x6 boards does a good job of hiding the ugly grey boxes. “Can’t you paint the boxes the same color as the post?” No, sorry it’s against code I said with a convincingly concerned face.
Electrician comes to by to install the GFI breaker and pull wire this afternoon. It’s going to be an unswitched receptacle, switch in the middle and a switched receptacle at the top.
Fun project all in all...even if building the cap had me contemplating a 10:30 am beer.
Edit: all done