Step 5: Add Nailing Strips to the Top Shelf

Tom Silva attaches the nailing strips to the top of the shelving unit
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Glue and nail 1x2 strips on the flat to the front and sides of the top shelf's surface so that all the edges are flush. This will provide a built-up surface for attaching the trim in Step 6.
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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      miter saw
    • brad nailer
      pneumatic nail gun
    • drill
      drill/driver fitted with -inch paddle bit and 1/8-inch drill bit

    Shopping List

    1x12 plank shelves Get five 6-foot shelves.

    1x4 Get an 8-foot board.

    1x2 Get an 8-foot board.

    2x2 turned spindles Get 16.

    crown molding Get 10 feet.

    -inch dowel Get 3 feet.½-inch painter's tape

    1-inch finishing nails

    1½-inch finishing nails

    3-inch deck screws

    wood glue