Step 1: Ask savvy friend who already built a set, where to begin. He directed me to these instructions: http://www.cornholehowto.com/ These were perfect for a rookie like me.
Step 2: Pluck up the courage to actually DO it.
Step 3: Head to Lowe's for my supplies...in a Sunday dress and high heels, no less (I had to go straight from a job interview!). I found that men were anxious, but fearful of offering help. I suppose they've been blasted a few too many times. One gentlemen customer decided to school me on choosing "true" 2x4's. Another informed me that Lowe's would cut the wood for me, if I wanted them to...for free even. One male employee asked, "Now, you know you have to drill a pilot hole before inserting those wood screws, right?" Mostly, the offers were to make sure I was finding what I needed. It was a little comical, to be sure. I tried to be extra interested in their advice and receive it all graciously, hoping to partially salvage the reputation of surly, independent, "I don't need men" women.
Step 4: Haul the lumber out of my car into the 110 degree heat and wonder for the first of many times, "What was I thinking?"
Step 5: Follow instructions. I discovered that building is a lot like sewing: get the materials they tell you to get, have the right tools on hand, follow the step-by-step instructions and wah-lah!! You have a finished product!
Step 6: Bend. Squat. Hydrate! Bend. Kneel. Squat. Stretch. Hydrate!
Step 7: Consult YouTube: How to use a jigsaw
Step 8: Consult YouTube: How to use a miter saw
Step 9: Hide the stuff from Shaf every night (it's a SURPRISE! THAT may have been my stupidest move...yes, let me haul 50+ lbs. of lumber in and out of my car every night...why not?)
Step 10: Create and apply ugly black and orange SF Giants design.
Step 11: Head to Hancock's for duck cloth. The fabric cutters always ask what you're making, right? So I tell her and she says, "Oh yeah...we used to call that Toss Across." Exactly. I'm making a Toss Across set for a grown man.
Fear the Beard corn bags in the making:
Step 12: Present final product to satisfied customer. Score MAJOR brownie points.
I'm tired, I need a new back, and I have "orders" to build 3 more sets. But if you'll excuse me, I think I'll head back to the world of women to have tea with my girlfriends at The London Tea Room. Pinkies up!