Step 8: Assemble the Box

this old house editor mark powers using a drill driver to assemble the feed station box
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Using 1 5/8-inch trim head screws, glue and screw a 1x2 base support between the two 13½-inch-tall sides, flush with the back and bottom edges. Screw another 1x2 base support flush with the bottom edge and ¾-inch back from the front edges. Screw a 1x3 top support flush with the top and front edges and another flush with the back and top edges.

Set the bottom of the box onto the base 1x2s. Draw a line across each side 2 inches from the bottom to act as a fastening guide. Screw through the line and into the edge of the bottom piece to secure it through the sides. Attach the back of the box flush with the top edge of the sides and over their back edges, leaving the bottom 1x2 base support exposed.

Attach the top of the box below the 1x3s by marking a second line on each side as a fastening guide.
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    Tools List

    • flathead screwdriver
      Screwdriver
    • pencil compass
      Pencil Compass
    • rasp
      Rasp
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • drill
      Drill/driver fitted with a 3/8-inch drill bit
    • combination square
      Combination Square

    Shopping List

    1. 1x12 laminated shelving board Get two 6-foot boards

    2. 1x2 Get one 6-foot board

    3. 1x3 Get one 6-foot board

    4. 1x4 Get at least 2 feet

    5. 2-quart dog dishes with lip edge Get two dishes

    6. 1 5/8-inch #6 trim head screws

    7. Wood glue

    8. Wood filler

    9. Contact paper

    10. Piano hinge Get one that's 18 to 22 inches long

    11. Magnetic door catch

    12. Friction door slide

    13. Door handle

    14. Latex primer

    15. Latex semi-gloss paint