Step 2: Line up the parts

drill pilot holes
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Drill four evenly spaced pilot holes into the back crosspiece, ¾ inch in from the ends. Then drill four evenly spaced pilot holes into the front grille piece, 2¼ inches in from the ends.

Lay down each side piece, with the insides facing up, and attach the corner supports. The front corner supports should be flush with the front edge of the side; the back corner support is inset 1½ inches from the bottom edge of the tail fins.

From the front end, measure 14¼ inches along each side. Drill four pilot holes down the face. This is where the center crosspiece will go.
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