Most of the materials for this project were purchased at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. If you are able, the Habitat for Humanity programs in communities all over the US are a great way to volunteer your time and support. There are many ways to help. From actually volunteering at a build site, to donating new or gently used building materials and supplies. There is another way to help them, and that is to shop at "ReStores". These are stores run by Habitat for Humanity programs that sell excess donated goods. Donating to and Shopping at these stores for materials for your building projects not only helps their programs but it also helps our environment by keeping those materials out of landfills and in the workshops of creative people.
Now then, having removed myself from my "volunteer to save the planet and your community" soapbox, I'll continue on with this instructable. No, but seriously, support Habitat for Humanity. They're good folks doing good things everywhere.
Step 1: Materials OR Inspiration & Whatever you happen to have lying around!
Case in point, my beloved (not so beloved) power stapler/nailer. It's a cheap little thing that I think of with fond ideas of quickly and happily brad nailing together any little project that comes into my mind. I have tried to buy brads for this little tool many times, usually while in the middle of shopping for other materials for other projects past. All three packages of brads having been the wrong size before, I tried once more to buy the correct size (which happened to be the smallest size on the store shelf 3/4") When I went to load up my trusty nailer I found that once again the brads were to long (mine apparently only takes even shorter brads, which is basically useless for anything other than nailing trim to a wall) Despite my high hopes for this little tool, I have finally realized that it is little more than an overglorified stapler. So, instead I have resorted to the truly trusty ole hammer and nails, elbow grease included.
Now if you find yourself in this predicament or one similar, do not despair. Just keep going, figure it out, and before long you'll have a project to be all the more proud of, having overcome the obstacles in your path. Then post it on Instructables and enter it into a contest where you can hope and pray it will win you the automatic nailer of your dreams.
These are the materials that are needed. Feel free to substitute any materials for those shown. I'm a big fan of use what you have. Improvise, adapt, and overcome, as my husband would say!
1- crutch (or half of a pair)
2- 12"x18" pine boards (or plywood)
2- 4"x8" plywood blocks
2- 6 1/2" 1x2 boards
2- 8" 1x2 boards
2- 6" thin wood slats (or 1 wooden paint stir stick)
2- 2"x5/8" metal corner braces with screws(found in framing department of hardware store)
2- skinny bolts with wing nuts (small enough to fit through the adjustment holes in a crutch)
finish nails 1 1/2"
paint (if desired)
Craftsman Dremel tool
small drill bit (about the diameter of a finish nail)
skill saw or hand saw
paint brush (if desired)