Step 2: Cut the wood

Cut the wood
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Put on your safety glasses, and clamp a 1x3 to a worktable, making sure the cut mark hangs over the edge of the table. Using a jigsaw, carefully cut the pieces of the frame, stopping to move and reclamp the boards before each cut.

To parents: Sawing is best left to an adult, but kids can help out by catching the pieces as they fall. Just make sure they’re standing far from the saw—and don’t let them lift up on the wood as you cut, because that can pinch the blade.
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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • combination square
      Combination square
    • bar clamps
      Bar clamps
    • hand clamps
      Spring clamps
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • drill
      Drill/driver fitted with 3/32-inch and ¼-inch, and -inch drill bits and a 1¼-inch hole saw
    • safety glasses
      Safety glasses

    Shopping List

    1. Three 8-foot oak or maple 1x3s

    2. Two 23x23-inch magnetic dry-erase boards

    3. 1-inch dowel, 3 feet long

    4. Two 4-inch strap hinges

    5. ¾-inch #10 wood screws and eight washers6. 1¼-inch #8 wood screws and two washers

    7. Two plastic trays or kitchen drawer organizers

    8. One 2-foot-wide roll of paper