How to Add Wood Brackets

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Tools Required
  • Hammer
  • Nail set
  • Caulk gun
Materials Required
  • Brackets
  • Construction adhesive
  • #4d finishing nails
  • #120 grit sandpaper
  • Masking tape
  • Wood filler

Before You Begin

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  • Step 1 : Prepare the wood surface of the brackets

    Before finishing brackets sand them lightly to smooth the surface. This is easier to do before they're installed. To get into intricate curved areas make sanding strips by cutting sandpaper the width of masking tape. Tape the backside of the sandpaper to the sticky side of the tape and use the strips as if it were dental floss. When the surfaces of the bracket are smooth and uniformly sanded, they can be finished before or after installation.

  • Step 2 : Predrill mounting holes in the brackets

    Hold a bracket in place centered on the surface where it will be installed. Choose an inconspicuous location at its base where you can drill a mounting hole for a nail. Predrill a hole or holes (depending on the width of the bracket).

  • Step 3 : Install the bracket

    Install the bracket Apply a small bead of construction adhesive with a caulk gun to the back of the bracket, place the bracket in position and push it tight against the surface.

    Use adhesive to position and secure

    Drive a nail through the mounting hole to hold the bracket in place until the adhesive dries. Then use a nail set to tap the nail below the surface of the wood. Fill the nail hole with a quick drying filler and sand it smooth.