Step 5: Install the top board

Hands placing the topmost course to the wall
Photo Kolin Smith
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If you reach the top row and the remaining gap is bigger than 1⁄4 inch (which can be covered by molding) but smaller than the width of a board, rip the boards down to fit. Find the height of the space at each end and subtract 1⁄8 inch so the trimmed board will tilt into place easily. Transfer the measurements to the board and, using a jigsaw, rip it along the tongue side.

Tip the board into place over the tongue of the previous row. Nail through the board’s face close to the top of the wall
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    Tools List

    • studfinder
      Stud finder
    • two-foot level
      2- or 4- foot level
    • pencil compass
      Compass or square
    • torpedo level
      Torpedo level
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw to trim cedar planks
    • pneumatic brad nailer
      Pneumatic brad nailer and compressor (rents for about $55 a day)
    • caulk gun
      Caulk gun
    • miterbox with saw
      Miter box and handsaw to cut molding
    • coping saw
      Coping saw to fit molding at the corners

    Shopping List

    1. TONGUE-AND-GROOVE CEDAR PLANKING

    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



    4.CONSTRUCTION ADHESIVE

    to give additional wall adhesion and keep boards from bowing