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screw a fillet piece to the end of the boards the result will be much stronger than trying to cut the board to fit in the post, and will look better.


The end cut is easy on the compound miter saw. For the notch, my first thought was a router on an angled sled as Greg Hill suggested. However, thinking about it some more, I'd suggest a dado blade in the (borrowed) table saw. Use a crosscut sled to hold the fence rail (loads of examples on YouTube about building and using crosscut sleds, from simple to ...


I would sand the horizontal trim at the top down until it meets the diagonal trim. You'll want to extend the sanding horizontally to make a smooth transition from "full thickness" at the good joint to the left to "reduced thickness" where these two pieces meet. This will help hide the difference in thickness. Once that's done, I would ...


The most stable joint for this in wood would be a Mortise & Tenon joint. Making this joint is reasonably easy if you have some tools like a table saw and some chisels and/or a mortising attachment for a drill press (pillar drill in British). You can make them entirely with hand tools - a simple cross-cut saw and a chisel and hammer/mallet were all that ...

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