Step 1: Measure and cut the plywood

measure and cut the plywood
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Using a tape measure and straightedge, mark up for cutting a 2-by-4-foot piece of ½-inch exterior-grade plywood: You’ll need one piece that’s 2 feet wide and 26 inches long and one that’s 2 feet wide and 22 inches long. Clamp the plywood to a worktable. Make sure you have on safety glasses, then use a jigsaw or a circular 
saw to cut the plywood.

To parents: Using a jigsaw is definitely a job for an adult. But take this opportunity to teach your kids saw safety so they’ll be ready when they’re old enough.
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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      Measuring tape
    • straight edge
      Straightedge
    • combination square
      Combination square
    • hand clamps
      Spring clamps
    • safety glasses
      Safety glasses
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • French curve and circle templates
    • drill
      Drill/driver fitted with ¼-inch drill bit
    • caulk gun
      Caulking gun
    • paintbrush
      Paintbrush (2-inch)
    • paintroller
      Foam roller (4-inch)
    • scissors
      Scissors
    • staple gun
      Staple gun

    Shopping List

    1. 2-by-4-foot section of ½-inch exterior-grade plywood

    2. One 6-foot 1x2

    3. ½-inch deer netting

    4. Exterior latex paint (black and another dark color)5. Low-VOC adhesive caulk

    6. 1-inch deck screws

    7. -inch staples

    8. 3½-inch deck screws