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Great Tip To Finishing Your Shelves

1It can become a very time consuming project to finish shelves that you have built. Once the finish is applied to the first side, it has to dry before you can flip it over and finish the other side. This really stinks if you have a lot of shelves to finish.

The solution? The best one that I found is to nail a couple of narrow strips to your shelf’s back edge. These will become temporary feet like in the drawing below. It allows you to stand the shelf up and apply your finish to each side.

After it has dried, just remove the strips that act as your feet, and since it is on the shelf’s back edge, the screw holes will not be seen.


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Updated: December 16, 2014 — 10:02 pm
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