Step 7: Secure the boxes to the wall

Secure the boxes to the wall
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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If you want to stack up more than one box, you'll need to secure them to the wall so that they can't topple over. Hold the box where you want it to sit and using a drill/driver fitted with a 1/16-inch bit, make a small hole through each of the four corners of the back panel and into the wall.

If you did not hit the wall framing, you will need to properly anchor the holes.

Reposition the box over the holes. Use a screwdriver to mount the box with 2-inch screws fitted with washers and driven through the lauan and into the wall framing or anchors. To parents: Make sure you use the right kind of anchors for your wall: plastic ribbed anchors for plaster and screw-in anchors or toggle bolts for drywall. If you hit the wall framing, that's even better—screw directly into that and skip the anchor altogether.
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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