marking a cut line on board with a pencil
Photo: Matthew Benson

Step 5: Mark and Cut the Tall Battens

The tops of all the frame's battens must follow the side taper so that the lid can close. For the tall ones at the rear of the sides, cheat them in using a board on edge to block out space for a back batten. With the tall batten flush at the bottom, transfer the taper angle to the board, as shown. Using the miter saw, cut that angle. Repeat.
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    Shopping List

    1. 5/4x6 decking. Get at least three 8-foot boards.

    2. salvaged window sash 3. pavers Get enough to set beneath each side of the frame.

    4. construction adhesive

    5. 1-inch deck screws

    6. 2½-inch deck screws

    7. brass sash pull

    8. 4-inch galvanized strap hinges Get two to attach the window to the frame.

    9. 4-inch removable-pin hinges Get one for the inside of each corner to make the frame collapsible.

    10. ½-inch dowel Get at least 6 feet to make venting poles of various lengths.