Marking the legs

The position of the legs makes it difficult to mark their length so they will sit perfectly level with the help of only a tape measure. One trick is to trim a piece of scrap plywood to a width of 28 inches and use that as a guide. To mark the inner legs, clamp a carpenter's square to the guide to hold it upright and set it against the leg as shown. Hold a try square against the board and mark the cutoff length and angle (right). To mark the outer legs, it is possible to simply hold the marking board against the leg edge and trace the line. With the try square run the lines around all four sides of each leg.

Outer legs

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