Living in a condo in Hawaii, my husband and I like to have solar lights on our lanai (aka porch or balcony), but most of them come as stakes to be pushed into the ground. I do not have a green thumb (or any other digit), so I needed an alternative to hold our growing collection of solar lights.
1" Whitewood boards - varies by width and height depending on the solar lights to be used.
spade bit or drill bit for installing door knob holes (that's what I used)
Determine the height and width, and cut appropriately
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
For each box, I measured out the size I needed.
Drilled the holes in the top piece - before assembling, but taking into account the sides that would be under the top.
For the stand which would hold a single light, I drilled in the center.
For multiple lights, I had to measure things out and made sure to account for the width of the top of the light, and not just the stake itself.
Using the Kreg Jig, drill pocket holes into the side pieces, and attach to the top and bottom.
Sand it down good, then apply poly. I used 3 coats, sanding with 320 after each coat.
Our lanai is covered somewhat, but it does still get some rain. The poly coating seems to be handling the rain we have gotten well.
This was my first project with the Kreg Jig when I bought it, and it made the project go together so quickly! And the joints are so secure - no wobbling at all!
I own a jigsaw, but don't use it much - I simply cannot cut a straight line with it. With my limited space, I can't justify the purchase of any other electric saw, so I do my cuts the old fashioned way - a hand saw. I have done a number of projects, and it does add some time to the project, but it hasn't slowed me down much. On the plus side, it adds to my workout!