Step 8: Finish the Molding and Paint It

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Mark the length of molding for the front and top edges, stand them on edge, and miter their ends at opposing 45-degree angles. Apply glue and nail them in place. Fill the nail holes and sand those spots. Finally, in a well-ventilated area, spray the assembly with primer, let it dry, and spray-paint it a fitting color.
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    Tools List

    • hammer
      Hammer
    • chisel
      Chisel
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • pneumatic brad nailer
      Pneumatic nail gun
    • sandpaper
      Sandpaper

    Shopping List

    Brackets Pick a bracket slightly larger than the magazine you plan to store, with scrollwork that extends enough to keep the corners from flopping over.

    1x boards Select boards at least as wide (plus ¼ inch) as the bracket is long.

    Molding Choose a profile up to ¾ inch to cover the exposed edges of the 1x boards. It's okay if it's slightly smaller; that will create a subtle reveal. Wood glue

    1¼-inch brad nails to attach the back to the base.

    -inch brad nails to attach the molding to the edges of the base and back.

    Wood filler

    Primer spray paint

    Semigloss spray paint