Tools and materials
Marking- out tools, including a ruler, square and pencil; a coping saw or similar; a drill and bits for screws, including a large Forstner bit to suit a compass.
A small quantity of good- quality wood, measuring approximately 75x15x400mm-long (we used some 18mm-thick oak offcuts); a small piece of thinner wood for the sides such as 6mm-plywood or similar.
Sundries include a small inexpensive compass, two woodscrews approximately 25mm (roundhead look nice), two small washers, a length of dark thread or fine string and a small nut or fishing weight. To appy a finish you’ll need some oil or varnish, or suitable paint.