Make a Wall Art for Your Library with a Framing Nailer

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Create a DIY wall art of your own using the reliable framing nailer! Let this design be a head-turner in your library, adding elegance and sophistication to your room. And the best thing about this DIY project is the simple procedure!

Materials needed

  • 1” x 2” furring strips
  • 1” x 3” furring strips
  • 2’ x 4’ plywood
  • 2” brad nails
  • d-rings
  • framing nailer
  • jigsaw
  • long wooden shims
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • sander
  • wood glue
  • wood stain

Instructions

Step 1: Get your plywood ready

Prepare the place where you’ll work and lay down your board. You can trim it or not; the choice depends on your preference. Also, prepare your long shims. They can be found in the trim or lumber aisle in your local hardware store.

Step 2: Lay the shims

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Using your pencil, draw a line down the center of your board to let you know which part is the middle. Next, lay down the shims and rotate the direction they would go through every after two wooden shims. What’s excellent about shims is that one end is thicker, making the entire wall art possess a textured look.

Step 3: Attach the shims

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Make sure you get a quality framing nailer for this step. Now, using one, shoot up nails to the edges to attach the shims to your plywood. Use wood glue for the remaining parts of the shims. It’s best to run the shims off the shorter edges to make sure the board would be covered entirely.

Step 4: Trim the extra edges

Now, you wouldn’t want the extra edges to show up right? This means you now have to grab your jigsaw and cut off the corners. If you follow the line of the plywood, this step would be a lot easier. Use 1” x 3” furring strips to trim the edges. Do the short sides before proceeding to the longer ones.

Step 5: Give it a coat

Using your favorite wood stain, you now have to coat your wall art to give it a classy look.

Step 6: Cover rough edges

Use 1” x 2” furring strips to cover the rough edges on the sides of your board. First, stain those pieces, leave them to dry, and then distressed them a bit.

Step 7: Sand the edges

Use a finish sander to distress the edges.

Step 8: Add D-Rings

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To be able to hang your wall art, you’ll need to install d-rings to the back. Ensure that you’ve already installed an anchor on the wall if you can’t attach to a fastener.

And that’s it! This simple project won’t even take much of your time, and it looks like it’s professionally done! You can also try other designs. As long as you have a framing nailer, you can experiment with it to improve the appearance of your library.

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