Step 4: Attach boards to backer, add finish

I carefully lined up the base piece with the backer board and used wood screws and glue to attach the two together. I did the same for the vertical pieces. I think if I had a biscuit joiner I would have used it to be sure all the boards were glued tight, but the screws worked. It is just kind of messy looking.

Attach the hanger while you are thinking about it and clean any glue that might have squeezed through off the front of the boards.


When the glue is dry, spray or brush on a finish. I used interior polyurethane. Wait, repeat, wait, repeat.

As always, read and follow the directions for your products.  
Nice job!! Looks great!! Beautiful wood grain selections, I also like the contrast of the walnut along the bottom!!
Beautiful job putting it all together!
Very cool. I am gonna try it this weekend Thanks for keeping it simple
Love it! My dad used to make wood stuff a lot when I was younger & has put away his tools long time ago. Might see if I can borrow them to make one myself, or maybe I'll start small & make a key holder like that. I voted 4 ya!
Thanks! I was just starting to take an interest in woodworking about a year and a half ago. My father passed away shortly afterward, and now most of my tools were once his. It feels good to keep them in use.
Very nice project and step-by-step! I love wood grain :)

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