Adding the Slielf

1. Stand the four leg assemblies upright on a level surface with the short leg reinforcements (D) facing each other. Place the laminated shelf section (B) in the center of the leg assemblies so that it is resting on the leg reinforcements (D), as shown in Figure 3.

This operation is one that may require the assistance of a spouse or other willing helper because it is critical that all four leg assemblies remain level as you perform the next operation.

  1. Apply glue on the surfaces to be joined, and screw through the laminated shelf (B) into the ends of the short leg reinforcements (D). Use two 2-inch screws at each corner of the laminated shelf (B).
  2. Cut four long leg reinforcements

(E) from 2x2 pine, each 16 inches long. Apply glue and use 2-inch-long screws to attach the long leg reinforcements (E) to the inside edges of the beveled legs (C) above the laminated shelf (B). Use eight screws for each corner, putting four screws into each leg. As illustrated in Figure 3, the long leg reinforcements (E) extend 2-3/4 inches above the leg assemblies.

  1. Cut two short shelf trim pieces (F) from 1x4 pine, each 3-1/2 inches long. Nail and glue them to the short sides of the laminated shelf (B), flush with the top of the shelf (B), as shown in Figure 4. Use about three 3-penny finishing nails on each short shelf trim piece (F).
  2. Cut two long shelf trim pieces (G) from 1x4 pine, each 42 inches long. Nail and glue them to the long sides of the laminated shelf (B), flush with the top of the shelf (B). Space the nails about 6 inches apart.
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