Adding the Slats

1. Cut five slats (D) from 1x4 treated lumber, each 17 inches long.

2. Place the five slats (D) side by side on top of the base assembly (Figure 3), with their cut ends facing the sides. They should overhang the base on all four sides by about 1/2 inch. Secure the four slats by screwing them to the base assembly using 1-1/2-inch-long screws. (TIP: It looks much nicer if you draw a line on the slats from the front of the base to the back, about 1 inch from the slat ends, and place all of your screws on that line.) Put two screws on each end of each slat, and space them uniformly on all slats.

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