Introduction

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With its deep ledge, this 19th-century terra-cotta cornice was perfect for the top shelf of the rack I wanted to build. All I needed was an old piece of wood to attach it to and a handful of hooks. Scrounging in the This Old House editorial closet, where we store props for photo shoots, I found just the thing: a beat up beam with the carpenter's saw marks still visible on one side. After searching in vain at three different salvage yards for five matching wrought-iron hooks, I ordered reproductions from House of Antique Hardware.
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    Tools List

    • drill
      Cordless drill/driver
    • hammer
      Hammer
    • speed square
      Speed square or combination square
    • two-foot level
      Level
    • caulk gun
      Caulk gun
    • pencil compass
      Pencil

    Shopping List

    1. VINTAGE CORNICE

    2. SALVAGED WOOD BOARD

    3. WROUGHT IRON HOOKS
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    4. L-SHAPED BRACKETS

    5. POLYURETHANE CONSTRUCTION ADHESIVE