Measuring And Cutting

As with any cutting, take care, use eye protection, and be safe. Your safety is your responsibility alone.

If you have power tools, feel free to use them. I used hand tools to prove it could be done. Measure twice, cut once. The more time you spend measuring and cutting precisely, the less trouble you'll have later.

Using your ruler straight edge on the 1/2" material, measure out:

  • 4" x 2" (two pieces)
  • 7" x 2" (two pieces)
  • 1/2" x 3/4" (three pieces)

Using your ruler straight edge on the 1/8" material, measure out:

  • 4" x 6" (one piece)
  • 5" x 7" (one piece)

Use your pocket knife to start the cuts on the edge. This makes sawing much easier.

The 1/2" pieces will form the outside shell. The 1/8" pieces will form the front panel, and the back panel.

Take your time while cutting plywood. The consistency changes as you cut through.

The smaller 1/2" pieces are for mounting the front panel. Set them aside.

This guide was first published on Apr 09, 2015. It was last updated on Apr 09, 2015.
This page (Measuring And Cutting) was last updated on Feb 20, 2020.