DIY manger from fence pickets - build for $3! Free plans from Ana-White.com
1 cedar fence picket measuring 5-1/2" wide x 1/2" thick x 72" long
1/4" scrap plywood for back OR cover back in cedar fence pickets
Hot glue and glue gun for attaching
Can also be nailed or stapled
CUT FROM FENCE PICKET:
1 @ 15" long (bottom)
2 @ 8-1/2" long - longest point measurement, top end BEVELED at 25 degrees off square (sides)
2 @ 10" long - longest point measurement, top end BEVELED at 25 degrees off square (roof)
Cut back to fit
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Attach sides to bottom, make sure the top angles are placed so the bevel is long point on inside.
Mark the roof pieces one inch in from square cut end (to mark roof overhangs). Hot glue the two roof panels together, and then attach the two panels to the sides, lining up roof overhang marks with outside of sides. Glue and staple or nail to sides.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.