How to Make Wooden Architectural Brackets How to Make Wooden Architectural Brackets

What You'll Need
Architectural bracket
Screws
Screwdriver
Dead wood
Construction glue

Architectural brackets are a new phenomena in the world of modern interior design. These brackets are most often made of PVC, and laminated to ensure that they are light and capable of holding up a lot of shelves. The principle of the architectural brackets is that they will not rot or fall away, so the idea of making wooden architectural brackets may seem like a curious one at first. These brackets can be made by taking the basic plastic bracket, and adding wooden features over the top, to make the design even more interesting. If you are a beginner in the sphere of home decorating, or if you are just not sure how to proceed with this wooden bracket construction, then by following a few simple rules, and taking a little bit of time, you should be able to get this project done without any problems at all.

Step 1 - Installing the Brackets

You may already have had brackets there, or you may be starting from scratch, but you will need to take your brackets, and screw them into the wall. Start on one side, and screw them semi-firmly against the wall, and then take the time to make sure that the other side is level before screwing in tightly. Tighten the first screw, and add a little bit of construction flue around the sides to make it tight.

Step 2 - Installing the Wood

When the brackets are completely dry, take your dead wood, and start installing it on the sides. Some architectural brackets are hollow specifically so that they can be fitted with wood in the sides. In order to get the best from your brackets, make sure that they have been sanded down before you start fitting the wood. Use a layer of glue to attach the pieces of glue into the brackets, and then leave to dry. You may need to install temporary nails in the bracket in order to keep the wood from sliding to the bottom, but these can be easily removed after the glue has dried.

Step 3 - Finishing

Once you have finished attaching wood to both sides of the brackets, you can decorate the wood however you choose. Some people prefer sparkles and light dashes of paint, while others will varnish the wood very much as though they were antique pieces of furniture. However you decorate your wood, you should take care that this does not impede the main purpose of the brackets, which is, after all, to support shelves and other objects, not to become pieces of art in their own right. Ensure that your bracket and wood is secure to the wall before installing any shelves.

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