Step 6: Attach the hinges

boy attaching the hinges to build an easel
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Line up two 4-foot legs end to end. Lay a strap hinge across the butted ends, allowing space for the hinge knuckles, and mark the wood at the hinge holes. Using a drill/driver fitted with a -inch bit, make pilot holes at your marks. Then attach the hinge by driving ¾-inch screws through the hinge holes and into the wood.

Repeat for the other pair of legs.
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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