Step 2: Square up the frame

framing square against 2 attached 2x10 cedar boards to check for right angle
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With the four sides assembled, place a framing square in each corner, one at a time, and adjust the frame until the corner lines up square. After aligning the entire frame, check all four corners again with the framing square.

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    Tools List

    • circular saw
      Jigsaw or circular saw
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • framing square
      Framing square
    • edger
      Edger or spade
    • grub hoe
      Sod cutter or grub hoe
    • pitchfork
      Pitchfork or rotary tiller
    • four-foot level
      4-foot level
    • sledge hammer
      Sledgehammer
    • wheelbarrow
      Wheelbarrow
    • reciprocating saw
      Reciprocating saw or handsaw

    Shopping List

    1. One 8-foot length of 2x10 cedar

    2. Two 10-foot lengths of 2x10 cedar

    3. Two 10-foot lengths of 2x4 cedar

    4. 3-inch deck screws

    5. Garden soil
    6. Compost

    7. Starter fertilizer appropriate for vegetables

    8. Vegetable seeds or seedlings

    9. Grass clippings for mulch