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Creative fixes for deck railing

Post caps make unique toppers

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You've just finished up a beautiful deck in your backyard, complete with an intricate railing that encompasses it. But if there still seems to be some little detail that's missing, it could be those plain old 4x4 posts. So to give your project that perfect finishing touch and showcase your carpentry skills even further, consider topping things off with some post caps. WOODEN CAPS Wooden caps are the least expensive of the post-cap options, and come in a wide variety of styles from simple to ornate. Most caps are made from cedar, but you can also find redwood and other woods, as well as synthetics that match some of the popular engineered decking materials.  One of the most common wooden caps is a square block of 2x6 that has been beveled four times on one face, creating a squat pyramid shape on top. Other styles might have a more truncated pyramid shape, beveling up on four sides to a flat top, or they may be any of a variety of routed designs. At its simplest and least expe...