How To Attach Bookshelf Trim

A trim is a piece of solid-wood finish used in woodwork carpentry. The trim is used to cover the rough ply edges of some parts of a bookshelf including the nosing, support, shelf, leg, and kickplate. If you are looking for instructions on how to attach a bookshelf trim to a bookshelf, continue on reading this article.

You will need some basic experience working with woodworks if you want to work on this project. Ideally, sawn lumber is used as it is very sturdy. However, this kind of wood can be expensive. A cheaper alternative that is also strong enough to hold heavy pieces is plywood with hardwood veneer.

Attaching a trim to your bookshelf not only makes the frame of the shelf stronger; but it also hides the other wood edges used in building it.

  1. Set up work area. First, set-up your work area. Use an extra large paper or old newspaper sheets to cover your table. This way, it will be easier for you to clean up when you are done. It will also prevent glue from ruining your table.
  2. Attaching trim. When attaching the trim, you must first set-up the metal clamp, the shelf, and the trim piece the way you want it to look like.
  3. Sticking trim to the shelf. Next, apply a generous amount of wood glue to the trim by carefully depositing it to the side of the trim piece. Spread the glue using a flat stick or plastic knife, or just use your fingers. Using a wood glue will help make the trim piece stick better to the shelf. Once the glue has been spread on the whole side of the trim piece, flip the trim piece and hold it against the side of the shelf where you want it attached. Note that you may see some extra glue between the two pieces of wood. You do not have to wipe off the excess glue at this time.
  4. Finishing. Move the trim piece and the shelf towards the metal clamp. Secure the clamp and tighten it to press the two pieces of wood together. Secure the two pieces of wood by pinning nails using a hammer or a nail gun. Several nails may be used for this. You can pin nails at three inch intervals to make the binding stronger and more secure. This will hold the trim securely in place and will allow you to remove the metal clamp sooner. Once the trim is nailed on the shelf, you can now wipe the excess glue using a damp cloth or a damp paper towel. Be sure to clean the top and bottom part of the wood trimming for a clean look.
  5. Drying. Make sure you let the wood glue dry completely before attaching it to other pieces. It may take a while to dry but you have to be patient. Drying this may take 24 hours at the minimum. Doing this will make the bonding stronger.

Like any other wood carpentry projects, be sure to check that the measurements are correct before starting to put together the parts. It is also helpful that all the tools you need are already available in your work area to avoid delays in finishing your project.


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