And it worked! No sawing whatsoever. Boards in their full lengths, wood glue, plus screws=manger!
The goal is to have the kids put "hay" (yellow yarn) in it each day as we prepare for the birth of Jesus. The inspiration post (linked above) suggested having kids put hay in when they did something kind, etc. I don't think we'll do that. We'll let each kid put a piece of hay in every day. I don't like tying "being good" to Christmas (same reason we don't do Elf on the Shelf). Jesus didn't come because we were good boys and girls.
I'm so excited about it! It looks so sweet beside the tree. I'm pretty darn proud of my construction skills, too. ;)