Just pick up a length of 1” X 10” select pine, a dozen large Shaker pegs and some decorative molding.
I chose barley twist trim, because I wanted to paint it up like a candy cane. How easy can it get? And to make it a little more memorable, do as Grandma and Poppy have done. Use it as your grandchildren’s growth chart to see and record just how quickly the little ones are sprouting up.