Make the first angle cut.
Make the first leg cut.
you’re taller than 6 feet, 1 inch,
then add 1 inch.) The top brace
is 20-7/8 inches long, cut to a
10-degree angle at each end,
this time with the angles resulting in a shorter piece, not a
slanted piece. For this, you flip
the 2-by- 4, so the ends are / \.
Cut two top braces. Cut the
bottom brace to 28 inches long
at its bottom, again with the
10-degree slants at both ends,
resulting in a shorter top—
26-3/4 inches here. Again,
the ends are / \.
Clear a decent sized work
area, and lay out the first three
pieces for lumber. Align the top
piece with the legs so the 10-
degree splay is going to be at
the bottom. Align carefully
together and mark for bolt holes
in the first 2-by- 4, making sure
it is securely clamped to the
2-by- 6 under it. Mark for three
bolt holes, in a triangle pattern,
keeping hole centers at least
3/4 inch inside lumber edges.
Drill all three holes in the first
clamped-together piece, as the
photos show. Drilling depth is
near maximum bit length here,
so back the bit out and tap it
lightly to free it of debris, and to
let heat dissipate a little for
each hole. Use a 5/16” drill bit.
A light hammer tap or two gets
the bolts into their holes this
Measure the final length carefully.
Mark the length of the second
piece from 2x6.