Step 2: Cut out the panels and notches

2. Cut out the panels and notches
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Secure the plywood to the worktable with spring clamps before you cut. Using a jigsaw, cut out the five parts. With a combination square, lay out the corner notches on the top piece. Cut the notches with the jigsaw.

Cut out the -inch notches on the crosspiece and the top of the front panel.

To parents: A jigsaw can send dust and splinters flying. Be sure everyone wears safety glasses.
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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • combination square
      Combination square
    • hand clamps
      Spring clamps
    • drill
      Drill/driver fitted with -inch bit
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • random orbit sander
      Random-orbit sander
    • paintroller
      Paintbrush and roller
    • safety glasses
      Safety glasses
    • straightedge guide
      Straightedge

    Shopping List

    1. 4-by-8-foot sheet of ½-inch birch veneer plywood

    2. Two 5-foot lengths of ¾-inch PVC pipe

    3. Two ¾-inch PVC end caps

    4. 120-grit sandpaper

    5. Latex primer6. Exterior latex paint

    7. Colored markers

    8. Card stock

    9. Velcro tape

    10. String

    11. Clothespins