A set of tiered solar lights on wooden posts make ideal bookends for a lovely spot to sit and rest.
Gather your supplies
Makes 2 sets
• Treated pine sleepers 100 x 100 x 2400mm (5)
• Arlec solar and LED path lights (10)
You’ll also need
Tape measure; pencil; power saw; mediumgrit sandpaper; clamp; 150mm buglehead screws; drill and bits; straightedge; 28mm spade bit (see Notes)
1. Adjust size of spade bit to suit diameter of shaft of chosen lights if they vary from those specified.
2. For safety around kids, secure finished assembly to a wall.
3. Use exterior paint, stain or varnish if you wish to alter look of final post assemblies.
4. You can have timber cut to size at most hardware stores for a small additional fee.
Step 1 Using tape measure and pencil, measure and mark up sleepers in following lengths and quantities: 1400mm (2); 1200mm (2); 1000mm (2); 800mm (2); 600mm (2) – 1 of each length makes 1 set of posts.
Step 2 Use power saw to cut marked lengths to size. You may need to cut from 1 side of post, flip it over and finish cut from other side of post.
Step 3 Lightly rub timber lengths with sandpaper to remove splinters and smooth out any rough patches.
Step 4 Working with 1 set of posts on level ground, test-fit how they will come together, using main picture as a guide. To begin assembling groupings of posts, clamp 1 pair of posts with bottom ends flush, predrill, then secure together with an even spread of 2-3 bugle-head screws.
Step 5 Remove clamp, then bring in another post and clamp it in position to first assembly, keeping bottom ends flush. Predrill and secure post to assembly with 2-3 screws. Continue using this method to secure remaining 2 posts to assembly.
Step 6 Repeat Steps 4 and 5 to make second set of posts.
Tip Mirror the layout of sets of posts so they look even on each side of a sitting bench or entryway.
Step 7 Using straightedge and pencil, draw a cross from corner to corner on top of each post, to mark centre point.
Step 8 Measure length of shaft of solar lights, then use drill fitted with spade bit to drill a hole in each marked position to required depth.
Step 9 With post assemblies in desired position, insert a solar light into each hole, ready to shine when night falls.