- pieces of wood/scrap, poles, or any lightweight available material: 2 pieces that are the same size (approx. 4 - 6ft) and 1 shorter piece (approx. 2 - 3ft)
- Twine, nails, and/or screws to hold the pieces together
- Measuring tape or something of known size to measure with
- Hand saw if cutting is required
- Pen / pencil
- A rock or other item with weight
We had a drill and screws on hand, so decided to use these materials to secure the pieces of the A-Frame together. For fun, we did experiment with building it only with twine. It worked, but needed some adjustments.
1. Secure the two longer pieces that are exactly the same size at the top with twine, nails or both. Attach the smaller piece about half-way down from the top, creating a big "A"
3. Find the level mark--Hold the A-Frame upright on ground or floor that seems level. Mark where the legs are touching the ground with sticks, leaves, small stones, etc. Hold it still. When the weight stops moving, mark the place where the string touches the crossbar. Turn the A Frame around and repeat. Mark the spot in the exact middle between the two marks you just made. This is your level mark.