Re: Support Post on front overhang on porch
It was not made from a single piece of wood because then you'd have exposed end grain, which is not particularly aesthetically pleasing. By building a "picture frame", you eliminate the end grain and actually have a little more stable piece because the wider the board the less dimensionally stable it is, subject to curl, twist, cupping, etc. Also, with the reduced foot print it will not rot as readily since there's less contact area to harbor moisture.
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