I took a trip to Home Depot today. I had a list of items for the shake table and a couple of helpful workers that were eager to assist. One of my biggest concerns was cutting the wooden pieces to the correct sizes. They did all of the cutting for me and saved me a few hours of finding a place or the tools to do the cutting. And, since it was cut, everything fit in my small car's trunk.
Upon asking one worker for assistance, I got to talking about my project and grant. It turned out that he was a manager and gave me 10% off too! Awesome!
Here's what I ended up with:
All in all, I was extremely thankful for a pleasant experience (my visit to Radio Shack yesterday wasn't as pleasant). I have a few more things to purchase, and I'm hoping to have shake tables ready by the end of the month.