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Use the cutting diagram as a guide for the parts in this section of the instructions (Images 1 and 2).

Measure the width of the inside of the Back Panel Assembly and cut two pieces of Back Siding to fit this dimension. Use the measurements for the Wide Back Siding Panel and Narrow Back Siding Panel as guides only. The siding has an overlap and underlap edge, so you will need to account for this in your measurements. Paint the siding and allow it to dry prior to assembly.

Position the back siding panels flush with the top of the Back Panel Assembly and attach using 1-5/8-inch screws. Be sure to attach to the Back Rails, Back Center Rail and Back/Side Stiles. Drill countersunk pilot holes for the screws (Image 3).

Position the Filler Strip flush 3/4 inch from the top of the Side Posts, as shown in Image 3, and attach to the back siding panels and top Back Rail using 2-1/2-inch screws. Drill countersunk pilot holes for the screws (Image 4).

Cut the Roof Rafters. Paint the outer faces of the front and back Roof Rafters and allow to dry prior to installation.

Position the Roof Rafters, then attach them to the Side Top Rails using 3-inch screws. Drill countersunk pilot holes for the screws (Image 5).

Measure the width of the inside of the Side Panel Assemblies and cut the Side Siding Panels to fit this dimension. Paint the siding and allow it to dry prior to assembly. Attach to the Side Top Rails, Side Center Rails and Back/Side Stiles using 1-5/8-inch screws. Drill countersunk pilot holes for the screws (Image 6).

Cut the House Frame Rails, House Frame Stiles and House Door Rail per the Parts List. Drill two pocket holes on both ends of the House Frame Stiles and House Door Rail.

Position the House Frame Rails, House Frame Stiles and House Door Rail as shown in Image 9 and attach the parts using 2-1/2-inch pocket-hole screws (Image 7).

Position this assembly with the pocket holes facing toward the back siding panels. Make sure the House Frame Rail furthest away from the House Door Rail is at top.

Position this top House Frame Rail so that it flush with the front Roof Rafter. Make sure the outer House Frame Stiles are flush with the outside edge of the Side Posts. Attach the top and bottom House Frame Rails to the Side Posts using 3-inch screws. Drill countersunk pilot holes for the screws.

Measure the width of the inside of the front face of the House Frame Assembly and cut the Front Siding Panels to fit this dimension. Make sure that the two panels meet and overlap near the middle of the center House Frame Stile. Paint the siding and allow it to dry prior to assembly.

Attach one panel over of the door opening with just a few screws. Make sure it is flush with the Side Post and top edge of the top House Frame Rail. Step inside the house area and mark the door opening on the back side of the Front Siding Panel. Remove this panel and cut the door opening using a jigsaw.

Re-attach this Front Siding Panel, then attach the other Front Siding Panel using 1-5/8-inch screws (Image 8).

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