I found the easiest way to drill the two opposing holes for the dowel was to drill straight through with a spade bit on the drill press and then make the large hole with a hole saw bit afterwards. The first one I made, I drilled each side separately and they were not perfectly aligned but it was close enough the dowel was able to flex and make it.
The beads were made from the cutoffs when sizing the board to 4×4 inches and sanded to their unique shape.
Amanda and I build a small bar for our patio. I made a simple design spanning two of the posts around our patio.
The design was mocked up in Fusion360 in order to help figure out some of the cut angles and to help decide on the right size. This helped me think it through, but it was a pain to convert from the 3d model to the cuts I would need and to figure out the right amount of wood to purchase.
The sides are pine 2×4 painted with white exterior paint and the top is cedar boards, with an exterior cedar stain and chamfered edges.