Using a pneumatic brad nailer, nail through the tongue at each stud location, angling the fasteners about 45 degrees down to keep them from getting in the way of the next board’s groove when you lock it over the tongue. Start at one end of the board and move evenly across the tongue, checking for level as you go.
If you can’t nail to a stud, shoot two nails next to each other at opposite angles to suck the board up tight to the wall while the adhesive dries.
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2- or 4- foot level
Compass or square
Jigsaw to trim cedar planks
Pneumatic brad nailer and compressor (rents for about $55 a day)
Miter box and handsaw to cut molding
Coping saw to fit molding at the corners
Order online or through home centers. Choose lengths that will eliminate the need for joints, or use smaller boards for a patterned look
2. CEDAR MOLDING
to cover gaps at the top, bottom, and corners of the closet. Most manufacturers make cove molding to act as crown and to cover gaps at the floor. Optional corner bead will hide seams between walls
3. 18-GAUGE BRAD-POINT PIN NAILS
for use with a pneumatic brad nailer
to give additional wall adhesion and keep boards from bowing