Step 1: Build the Roof

First off, tell your officemates to plug in their ear-buds and crank up the Pandora. You've got a major construction project under way. Start by assembling a 6/12 pitch roof over your cube using 1x4 rafters, spaced 16 inches on center. Brace it with collar ties, then sheathe it with ¼-inch plywood fastened with 8d ring-shank nails. Once you're done you'll never again have to worry about colleagues peering in horror over your shoulder as you wolf down one of those KFC meat sandwiches while catching The Biggest Loser on Hulu.
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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • hammer
    • drill
    • scribe
      Scribe for marking cope cuts on saddle
    • coping saw
      Coping saw

    Shopping List

    1. 1x4s for rafters, ridge beams, and collar ties

    2. ¼-inch plywood for roof sheathing

    3. Molded pre-hung door

    4. Door lockset

    5. Door knocker

    6. Shims

    7. Wood saddle

    8. Urethane foam fluted pilasters

    9. Urethane foam door pediment

    10. 8d ring-shank nails

    11. 2-inch screws

    12. Paint