Step 2: Drill holes for the rungs

Lay the 2x4 uprights flat on your work surface. Measure and mark the location of the holes for the rungs along the centerline of each board at 3, 15, and 27 inches from the top. Using a drill/driver fitted with a 1-inch paddle bit, drill the holes for the rungs clean through each 2x4. For the cleanest hole, drill on top of a piece of scrap.
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    • miter saw
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    • drill
      Drill driver fitted with 1-inch paddle bit and ¼-inch drill bit
    • paintbrush
    • flathead screwdriver
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    • utility scissors
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    • japanese pull saw
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    Shopping List

    1-inch dowels Get six at 36-inch lengths

    2x4s Get two 8-foot boards

    Golf balls Get at least 12

    3/16-inch twisted nylon rope Get a 10-foot rope

    Stain-blocking white primer Get 1 quart Spray paint in at least four colors

    Two ¼-by-4-inch carriage bolts

    Two ¼-inch washers

    Two ¼-inch wing nuts

    3-inch deck screws