DIY' er - Options for Attaching Rails to Posts
I want to attach my deck rails (cedar 2x4) to the post vertically on both top and bottom rails. I want to attach them centered on the sides of the post.
I have seen brackets for this purpose however at 18 posts (per code) the price of all these brackets not to mention the unattractive nature of them I would really like to find a better way to attach them.
I have thought about a mortice tenon method however again the time for 18 posts and the angle mortises for the stairs make this a not so attractive method.
Are there methods that are strong, not as noticeable as exposed brackets and do not involve days of machining?