Step 8: Stabilize the units

stabilize the entertainment center with a drill
Photos: Donna Moser/Alderman Studio
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For added stability, and to prevent the cabinets from tipping forward, drive a 3-inch screw through the top-rear of each cabinet into a wall stud. Be sure that each screw is driven into solid wood, not just wallboard or plaster. If necessary, slip shims behind the cabinets to keep them plumb (perfectly vertical).
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    Tools List

    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • circular saw
      Circular saw or hand saw
    • hammer
      Hammer or pneumatic finish nailer
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • two-foot level
      Level
    • adjustable clamp
      Clamps, for holding together cabinets
    • flat prybar
      Thin pry bar, used to remove existing molding from walls
    • studfinder
      Stud finder, for locating wall studs
    • Countersink bit
      Countersink drill bit, used to bore screw-pilot and countersink holes in face frames

    Shopping List

    1. Stock cabinets with matching trim and plywood skins

    2. Contact cement, used to adhere prefinished plywood skin to assembled cabinets

    3. Paintbrush and paint roller, used to apply contact cement

    4. 1 ½-inch finishing nails, for attaching trim to cabinets

    5. 2 x 4s, used to build platform

    6. 2 ½- and 3-inch drywall screws, for joining together cabinets and assembling platform

    7. Wood shims, used to level platform and plumb cabinets

    8. 3/4 x 1-inch wood strips, to provide nailing support for crown molding