Step 1: Materials
Glue (optional, but it makes the frame stronger)*
(2x) 1/4-20x1 1/2" carriage bolts (for tightening the paracord, it works well, but isn't necessary.)*
(2x) 1/4-20 lock nuts (aviation nuts)*
(2x) 1 1/4" fender washers*
Clear Lacquer (optional)*
Wood For the Frame:
(2x) 1x2x16 1/2"
Wood for the blocks:
(30x) 2x2x4" (making a few extras saves time later)
Everything I used in this Instructable I had in my garage, making it cheap to build. I decided on a 14" X18" frame, and cut the pieces out of a 1X4. The "Troops" were cut out of a few ripped 2x4's, and I made them 4" tall. I selected the blocks with the best wood, meaning few knots or defects, just to make the final product more visually appealing. Making a few extra blocks saves time later if you mess up with drilling the holes, that way you don't have to pull the saw out again. I used paracord after reading other places about people having issues with the strings breaking. The wood screws are to hold the frame together. Later in the process, I decided on using some carriage bolts and lock washers to tension the cord, so they are not pictured here.
Drill Press (optional, but it makes all the holes alot easier)
Router Table (for finishing)