Fly the flag from a mantel or tabletop with these ornate but easy-to-make holders.
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Insert the screw tip on the turned post cap into the centered hole of the flat post cap and screw them together. Measure how much of the tip of the screw extends from the bottom of the flat post cap.
When working with treated wood, always wash your hands thoroughly after you finish.
Remove the turned post cap and use a hacksaw to remove slightly more than the surplus length of the screw. If necessary, file the cut edge smooth. Then screw the turned cap back on the flat cap.
Spray at least two coats of the paint of your choice (Silver Fox shown) on the post caps and let dry.
At the top of the post caps, use an awl to start a hole. (This helps keep the bit from wandering.) Then drill a 3/8-inch vertical hole at least 2 inches deep.
A drill press will help make a vertical hole in the caps. If you don’t have a drill press, have a helper stand to one side and tell you when the bit appears vertical.