Step 4: Dry-fit the Pieces

dry-fitting the 2x4s for the leg pieces
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Refer to the diagram on the previous page. Each leg is made from one long 2x4 built up with 2x4 support blocks separated by gaps where the crosspieces, bench, and rafter assembly will be attached. Cut the pieces to size per the diagram, then lay out a set of leg pieces on a flat surface, using scrap blocks of 2x4 as spacers between the support blocks.
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    • sledge hammer
      sledgehammer
    • miter saw
      miter saw
    • jigsaw
      jigsaw
    • drill
      drill/driver and 1-inch paddle bit
    • caulk gun
      caulk gun
    • four-foot level
      4-foot level
    • hand clamps
      clamps
    • combination square
      combination square
    • flexible curves
      flexible curve to draw profile for rafter tails

    Shopping List

    All lumber listed is western red cedar.

    2x4s Get twelve 8-foor boards.

    1x4s Get at least four 8-foot boards.

    1x2s Get at least nine 8-foot boards. 2x6s Get three 8-foot boards.

    2x2s Get two 8-foot boards or five 4-foot spindles for the purlins.

    ¼-inch spacers cut from scrap.

    Post anchors Get four.

    Construction adhesive

    Stainless-steel trim-head screws You need three sizes: 1¼ inch, 2 inch, and 3 inch.