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Finishing Shelves

Finishing shelves can be a time-consuming task. The problem is that once you’ve applied the finish to one side of the shelf, you have to wait for it to dry before turning the shelf over to finish the other side.

While working on a project with a lot of shelves, I came up with a simple solution. I just screwed some narrow strips of wood to the back edge of the shelf to act as temporary “feet,” as you can see in the drawing.

This way, I could stand the shelf up while applying finish to both sides. Once the finish is dry, I simply removed the feet. And the screw holes aren’t visible since they are on the back edge of the shelf.
  Finishing Shelves

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