Step 1: Supplies
3 2x6x8 pressure treated boards (~$5each)
~3 inch long wood screws
2 eye bolts
Step 2: Tools
Miter saw (skill saw will work too)
Step 3: First Cutting All the Pieces
For descriptive reasons I will use the terms "Board 1, Board 2, and Board 3"
Cut one foot off Board 1, this will be the long board underneath the bottom. (Save the excess)
Cut board 2 in half (4ft sections). These will be the stabilizing "feet"
Board 3 will will use later, just put it aside for now.
Now, go back and get the excess foot you cut off of board 1. Cut this in half. After you have done this, measure from the end of one of the pieces 5.75". Once you have done this, that should be a perfect square. Cut the square diagonally from one corner to the opposite one to create a triangle. Repeat with the other half of the remaining section from board 1. These will be used to connect the feet to the bottom long board.
Step 4: Assembling the Base
Place your two halves of Board 2 on either side of board 1 perpendicular to it, and flush with the end of the long board. Grab one of the triangles and drill screws in the top and the bottom to connect them to the feet and the long board. (See photos)
Repeat this step for the other side of the long board as well as the opposite side of the stand.
Step 5: The Arms
Go grab board 3.
This one may be a bit tricky.
What you want to do first is to cut board 3 in half. After you do this choose a side WITH NO KNOTS in the wood and cut a 45° angle in the very end of the board. You will want to then place the angled in flush with the bottom of the long board pushed all the way until it is touching the triangle piece. Drill in place generously. Repeat for the other side HOWEVER do this on the opposite side of the long board.
Step 6: Hook 'er Up!
Measure down from the tops of the arms about 3" and drill a hole about 3/4 the size of the eyebolt STRAIGHT DOWN into the wood. And screw in the eyebolt. You may have to use the screwdriver as leverage to screw it all the way in. Repeat for the other side.
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