Drill and Drill Bits
Wood Saw (Miter or Manual)
Hammer (Brad nail gun will save some time)
(3) 1/4" x 2' x 4' Sheets of Plywood - Or enough to make all of the pieces. These worked good for me because I don't have a truck to haul full sheets of plywood.
(2) 1" x 2" x 6' Pine boards
(1) 7/8" x 4' Wooden Dowel - Mine was poplar wood
1-1/2" wood screws
3/4" x 18 gauge brad nails - Or similar finishing nails if you don't have a nail gun
Step 1: Cut the Panels
If you are using a jig saw like me you can setup a guide, using one of the 1" x 2" x 6' boards, to help you make a straight cut. First, measure from the edge of the saw base that will be against the guide to the blade (see Picture 2). Let's say this dimension is 1-1/2". Then, clamp your guide board to the plywood and add or subtract the 1-1/2" dimension depending on what side of the guide you are cutting.
MAKING THE CUTS
You will need to cut the following size panels from the 1/4" plywood:
- (3) 1' x 3' Panels
- (2) 1' x 4' Panels
If you are using the same size materials from the material list 1/4" x 2' x 4' panels you can make the following cuts:
-- Cut 1' off of the 4' length on two of the 2' x 4' panels. This will leave you with two 2' x 3' panels. Then cut each of the two panels in half so that you have four 1' x 3' panels, one of which will be extra.
-- Cut the third 2' x 4' panel in half to get the two 1' x 4' vertical panels.
Remember the old saying -- "Measure twice, cut once"