Before You Begin
Step 1: Cut the Grooves
Step 2: Assemble the Frame
Step 3: Secure the Backing Boards
Step 4: Finish the Rack
Step 5: Prime and Paint
The frame is made from 3/4-in. pine and backed with five 3/4-in. x 7-in. x 48 3/4-in. lap-jointed boards. The front is clad with mitered pine finger-jointed casing.
Secure all parts with 6d finish nails and use a 3/8-in. drill bit to make 3/8-in. deep dowel holes.
Use a router to make grooves in the shelves, adding retaining strips to them with 3/4-in. brads.
Router a shallow 1/4-in.-wide groove along the shelves 1 1/4-in. from the front and 4 1/2-in. from the ends of the base. On the back of the base cut 3/4-in. x 32-in. from the center to slot in the backing boards. Secure a retaining strip in front of each groove.
On the sides, mark 11 1/4-in., 33 1/4-in. and 45 1/4-in. up from the base for the shelves, then 4 1/4-in. above and 3/4-in. from the edge for the dowel holes. Drill three pilot holes for each shelf joint, assemble one side with the shelves, top and dowel then the other side and base.
Position the frame face down to secure the backing boards, with the first board in the center, drilling pilot holes and securing with 6d nails.
Miter the casing using a circular saw or handsaw; then, position it around the front edge, securing with adhesive and nails. Set the nails below the surface using a nail set and a hammer, fill the holes with wood putty and sand with 180-grit sandpaper.
Apply an acrylic primer undercoat, leave it to dry, sand lightly using 220-grit sandpaper; then, apply two coats of semi gloss acrylic paint.
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