Crafting a Wood Valance Crafting a Wood Valance

What You'll Need
1/4-inch plywood
Pine one by four
Wood glue
Finishing nails
Hammer
Sandpaper
Wood sealer
Paint
Paintbrush
Clear acrylic sealer
Measuring tape
Jigsaw
Miter saw
Pencil
1/2-inch and one inch wood screws
Drill and bit
"L" shaped brackets

A wooden valance can add beauty and character to any room and really help your windows and curtains to stand out. Building wooden valances is very easy and you can generally complete the project in a single afternoon. Basic woodworking skills are required, however, the job is not difficult at all. Here's a handy step-by-step guide to help you create your own wooden valance:

Step 1 - Measuring

First, measure your curtain rods and window openings from end to end, and then add 4 inches. Make sure to write these measurements down on a notepad a piece of paper as you will need them later.

Step 2 – Cutting the Valance Frame

Next, cut a piece of 1 x 4" board using the measurements you obtained from your curtain rods and window openings. Then, cut two more pieces of 1 x 4" board to the desired length of your valance. Keep in mind that valance lengths are typically between 8 to 18 inches. Choose the length that you feel is best for your window openings.

Step 3 - Putting the Frame Together

The next step is to put the valance frame together by laying the top piece 1 x 4 inch board on its side. Then carefully position each of the other two 1 x 4" boards on either side of the longer board at a 90 degree angle. Attach the pieces together using wood glue and further secure them using wood screws. Alternatively, you may want to use a hand drill to make pilot holes so that the screws will be more easily inserted.

Continue putting the pieces together and making sure that they are firmly secure with wood glue and screws. Alternatively, you may want to use clamps to help further secure the pieces of wood together. Allow the glue to dry completely before proceeding.

Step 4 - Cutting the Valance Face Board

Next, measure the dimensions of your wood valance Frame and transfer the measurements to a 1/4 inch piece of plywood. Then, cut a piece of plywood to serve as your wood valance face.

Step 5 - Final Assembly

Now, use wood glue to attach the plywood face to the valance frame and clamp it into place until the glue is dry. You may want to use finishing nails to help secure the plywood to the frame.

Step 6 - Painting or Finishing

Next, use the varnish or paint of your choice to finish or paint the valance surface. Allow the sealer, varnish or paint to dry.

Step 7 - Securing the Valance

Next, use L brackets and 1/2 inch wood screws to secure the valance to the wall. You'll first need to make sure the L bracket is securely fastened to the wall and then fasten the valance to the L bracket.

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