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I Alternative: How to Make a Corner Unit without a Wall Rail

Tools & Materials  
Level
Stud finder
Measuring tape
Cardboard template
Circular saw with
melamine blade
Jigsaw with
melamine blade
Drill
2
1
/2" drywall screws
A. PREPARE NAILER
11/4" panhead screws
1 x 2 cleat material
8d finish nails
3/4" X 13
3
/4 X 34"
verticals
%" X 14 X 24" corner
shelves
1/4" X 13
1
/2" X 24"
pl)""Iood backing
White paint
1. Use a studfinder to locate studs on the wall.
2. Mark level lines at 17 and 80" up from the floor.
3. Cut two bottom nailers out of 1 X 4, 3/4"-thick
plywood. Fasten them to the wall with 2
1
/2" drywall
screws at studs along line at 1 7".
B. PREPARE CORNER UNIT
1. Create a template and cut the middle, top, and
bottom fixed shelves for the first box.
2. Install 1 X 3 shelf sleats on center along back- and
side-wall edges of each fixed shelf.
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3. Cut three verticals pieces to 10
5
/16", using a
circular saw.
4. Set the shelf on top of the vertical. Drive a screw
through the vertical side and into the shelf.
Repeat for the other two verticals.
5. Repeat step 4 for the middle and bottom shelves.
Fasten the bottom shelf flush to the bottom of
the vertical.
6. Measure and cut 1/4" plywood back panel to fit flush
with the wall-side edges of the corner unit. Position
the panels with the grain running vertically. Attach
them along the entire perimeter of the corner unit
with 3/4" panhead screws every 4 or 5".
C. INSTALL CORNER UNIT
1. Set your box directly on top of the nailer and have
a helper check for level and plumb; then drill pilot
holes through the cleats and into the wall. Set the
unit down and determine which holes hit studs and
which ones do not-those that will not hit a stud,
drill a hole for a toggle bolt.
2. Align the box again and fasten it to the wall, using
drywall screws at studs and toggle bolts in drywall.
3. Stagger three more 11/4" panhead screws by drilling
through the top of the bottom shelf down into the
supporting nailer.
4. Repeat the above steps, stacking two more box
units on top of the existing one.
Fasten 1 X 4 nailers to the wall with
2W' drywall screws at studs.
Secure panels to the perimeter of the
corner unit with 3/4" pan head screws.
Rest the unit on the nailer and then
fasten drywall screws at the top inside
and outside corners.
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