Step 12: Screw the Four Sides Together

screwing the frame together with a drill/driver
Photo: Matthew Benson
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Butt a side assembly into the back to form a corner. Drill a countersink, and drive two 2½-inch screws through the side and into the edge of the back batten, as shown. Repeat for the second side. Attach the front board with two screws through its ends and into the edge of the short battens.
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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      miter saw
    • jigsaw
      jigsaw
    • drill
      drill/driver
    • straightedge guide
      straightedge
    • hand clamps
      clamps
    • caulk gun
      caulk gun
    • metal garden rake
      garden rake
    • garden spade
      garden spade

    Shopping List

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

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

    3. construction adhesive

    4. 1-inch deck screws 5. 2½-inch deck screws

    6. brass sash pull

    7. 4-inch galvanized strap hinges Get two to attach the window to the frame.

    8. 4-inch removable-pin hinges Get one for the inside of each corner to make the frame collapsible.

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