Step 1: Lay out and cut the parts

lay out and cut the parts
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Cut one 2x12 into two 48-inch pieces for the grille and seat; cut another into two 45-inch pieces for the back and center crosspieces. Cut the decking into four 48-inch pieces for the hood and dashboard.

Shape the tail fins by cutting off one end of each side piece at a 15-degree angle, making the end come to a point. Cut out the 1-by-17¼-inch angled notches for the doors on each side.

From the 2x4, cut four 11¼-inch corner supports and one 6-inch block for a steering wheel mount.
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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
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    • speed square
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    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw with coarse, wood-cutting blade
    • bar clamps
      4-foot bar clamps
    • drill
      Drill/driver fitted with 1/8-inch bit
    • safety glasses
      Safety glasses
    • paintbrush
      Paintbrushes
    • square shovel
      Shovel
    • Thatch-rake
      Steel rake
    • four-foot level
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    • utility scissors
      Utility scissors
    • staple gun
      Staple gun
    • pencil compass
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    Shopping List

    1. Four 8-foot pressure-treated 2x12s

    2. Two 8-foot pressure-treated ½x6 decking boards

    3. One 6-foot pressure-treated 2x4

    4. 2 square feet of ½-inch pressure-treated plywood

    5. Steering-wheel cover

    6. 3-inch deck screws

    7. ¼x1-inch zinc fender washer8. Two drawer handles

    9. Two sets of 2½-inch stainless-steel butt hinges

    10. Latex exterior stain

    11. Latex exterior paint

    12. Landscape fabric

    13. 20 bags of play sand