Apply a zigzag bead of adhesive to the back of the board. Tip the groove of the board over the tongue of the last row to fit them together. While the adhesive is still wet, check the board for level and make adjustments as necessary. Nail the board in place.
Continue installing boards in this manner until the back wall is covered. Then install the cedar on the sidewalls, allowing the back edge of the boards to cover the cut ends at the corners. Be sure that sidewall rows line up with the rows on the back wall, or the mismatched seams will appear crooked at the corners.
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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