Step 8: Make the corner seats

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Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Using a jigsaw, cut a 2-foot-square piece of pressure-treated plywood. Cut the square in half diagonally to make two triangular seats. Using a drill/driver and 1-inch screws, attach the seats to the bottom brace pieces at each back corner.

Measure the front, diagonal edge of one seat and cut a 2x3 to this length; miter the ends with opposing 45-degree angles.

Using a drill/driver, secure each mitered seat support to the fence braces with 3½-inch screws driven at an angle a few inches from each end.

Screw each seat to the cross support with 1-inch screws.
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    Tools List

    • 100-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • speed square
      Combination square
    • hand saw
      Handsaw
    • drill
      Drill/driver with -inch and 1-inch spade bits
    • safety glasses
      Safety glasses
    • hacksaw
      Hacksaw

    Shopping List

    1. 4-foot-high stockade fencing
    (four sections at least 5 feet long)

    2. One 8-foot 2x4

    3. One 8-foot 2x3

    4. 2-foot-square section of ½-inch pressure-treated plywood

    5. Eight L-brackets
    (4 inches by 1 inch)

    6. 1-inch deck screws 7. 3½-inch deck screws

    8. 5 feet of ½-inch PVC pipe

    9. PVC pipe cap

    10. Two 3½-inch door hinges

    11. Flag

    12. Wire