Overview

overview on building a lemonade stand
Illustration: Carl Wiens
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This sturdy stand holds together the same way cardboard store displays do, with slots that fit into one another. The slots need to be just slightly longer than half the length of the smaller pieces so that all the edges are at an even height when the pieces are mated. The top of the stand has notches in the corners to fit around the interlocking sides. It helps to keep the whole assembly sturdy by bracing the pieces square to one another.

Parents should take on the job of sawing the slots and notches. But there’s a lot to keep kids busy with this project: They can sand, paint, and make the sign. And once the table is all set up on a busy stretch of sidewalk, they can mix up a pitcher of ice-cold lemonade and prepare for the thirsty crowds to come running.
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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • combination square
      Combination square
    • hand clamps
      Spring clamps
    • drill
      Drill/driver fitted with -inch bit
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • random orbit sander
      Random-orbit sander
    • paintroller
      Paintbrush and roller
    • safety glasses
      Safety glasses
    • straightedge guide
      Straightedge

    Shopping List

    1. 4-by-8-foot sheet of ½-inch birch veneer plywood

    2. Two 5-foot lengths of ¾-inch PVC pipe

    3. Two ¾-inch PVC end caps

    4. 120-grit sandpaper

    5. Latex primer6. Exterior latex paint

    7. Colored markers

    8. Card stock

    9. Velcro tape

    10. String

    11. Clothespins