Why not go to HD or Lowes they both no doubt have what you want. Lowes
has 48" by 16" melamine boards at http://tinyurl.com/plw7u9u . Just chop
of an 18.5" piece, rip it to 14.5", and then spray paint it black. If
you have a Menards near you they have it even cheaper and they are
In short, for under $20 you can have a good looking shelf with enough
left over that you can afford to screw one up.
That's a problem then. Although they do sell, somewhere, corrugated
"nails". For just this purpose to join boards side by side. You
probably know what I mean. They're almost an inch long, wavy, have
points at the bottom of each wave, and the grooves that make up the wave
lean towards the center. Those on the left lean towards the right and
vice versa, so that when you hammer them in, they pull the two boards
towards each other. 3 or 4 of them would be enough and they can go
not at the very end, but where they won't be seen. If they can be
set in, a heavy coat of the same paint used for the wood may hide them
Only $1.30 for 20!
Better than those plates with 30 or 100 nail-like projection bent out
of the plate, like are used to put pre-made trusses together.
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