Step 8: Make the panel insert

Make the panel insert
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Cut a 13x13-inch square of the fabric. Lay it facedown, then put the 11-by-11-inch piece of lauan in the center. Fold one edge of fabric onto the lauan and, using a staple gun with ¼-inch staples, tack it at the middle. Fold the opposite side over, and pull it tight before stapling it. Continue to staple the fabric on by working your way out from the middle and alternating sides. Do the same for the other two sides until the fabric is smooth and covers the lauan.

Hey, kids! Staple guns are great for attaching fabric to wood, but you need to make sure the head is flat on the workpiece—and never pointed at anyone—before you squeeze the handle.
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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • straight edge
      Straightedge ruler
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw, circular saw, or handsaw
    • safety glasses
      Safety glasses
    • random orbit sander
      Random-orbit sander or sanding block
    • bar clamps
      Bar clamps
    • hammer with nailset
      Hammer and nailset
    • putty knife
      Putty knife
    • paintbrush
      2-inch paintbrush
    • Artist's Brush
      Artist's brush
    • staple gun
      Staple gun
    • drill
      Drill/driver fitted with 1/16-inch drill bits
    • Phillips screwdriver
      Screwdriver

    Shopping List

    1. One quarter-sheet of ½-inch birch-veneer plywood

    2. One quarter-sheet of luaun or ¼-inch plywood

    3. 4d finish nails

    4. 1-inch box nails

    5. 120-grit sandpaper

    6. Stainable wood glue

    7. Stainable wood putty
    8. Clear acrylic finish or latex paint

    9. Acrylic artist’s paint

    10. ½ yard of fabric

    11. ¼-inch staples

    12. ¼-inch staples

    13. 2-inch screws with corresponding washers and wall anchors

    14. Velcro tape