If only I’d known about this project when my son was still a child, his room—and the rest of the house for that matter—could have been less cluttered from Matchbox die-cast cars and trucks. Of course, he would have had to have had one three times this size to hold them all, but what a great idea to not only house the cars, but neatly display them as well. This is an easy do-it-yourself project that my husband made for our young nephew in just a few hours. Using Inteplast Building Products prefinished cap and casing moulding and some standard wood working tools, he put together not just a shelf, but a work of art if I do say so myself. Here’s what you’ll need to create your own unique car shelf.
To get started, determine the length of the shelf that you want to install and cut the lumber to the appropriate length.
Next, measure and cut the Inteplast Building Products Cap and Casing moulding the appropriate length to wrap the lumber. You can find Inteplast’s prefinished moulding at your local Lowe’s or online at Houzz.com. To find a Lowe’s store near you, use the Inteplast Store Locator. You’ll want to miter cut the ends of the moulding so they’ll meet smoothly. Be sure to cut the angles on either end of the pieces so that the cuts will match up. My husband uses a scrap piece of lumber to test his cuts on, which seems to work well.
Once you’ve cut all of your pieces to the correct length (and made sure they all fit together well), attach your lumber to the wall using whatever fastener you want. We used screws for our shelves. Just make sure the fastener you choose can handle the amount of weight you’ll be putting on the shelves.
Then, attach the cap moulding to the top of the lumber by lining up the corner in the underside of the moulding up against the piece of lumber. Secure with finishing nails.
Just a note on nailing the moulding. If you aren’t using a finishing nail gun I suggest only pounding the nail in to just above the surface of the moulding, then finishing it with a nail set to avoid denting the moulding. We learned from experience.
Next, add the casing moulding to the front facing part of the lumber (the flat edge of the moulding should be up against the bottom of the cap that is on top of the lumber) and secure with finishing nails.
If you have some gaps you can fill them in with a little color matched putty, caulk, or spackling for a nice even finish.
That’s it. Stand back and enjoy your work! You can use this shelf to display just about anything you want to showcase.
Stay crafty and have fun!