Or a column post anyway.
Here is the front porch post/column with all the dead wood removed and sealed with wood hardener.
Here was the plan. It didn't quite work out (no room to get the 1x2s behind the plastic sheet.
Instead I added a patch to the plastic so the putty would have something to stick to.
A word for all you would-be wood puttyers: Don't try to use this stuff in cold weather. The 15-60 minutes it was supposed to take to set up turned into 4-5+ hours. The putty slid and sagged down like a fat old man's jowels. Next weekend I'll sand and add another layer.