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Make a Display Strip

Project Overview

Make a Display Strip

Making this display strip is as easy as A, B, C. We simply used metal strips, available at The Home Depot, painted them to match the room's trim and attached it to the wall at a height low enough for a child to access.

6 Steps

  1. Using a hacksaw,
  2. Drill 5/32" mounting holes vertically centred
  3. Prime and paint
  4. Using a level
  5. Using a 3/16" drill bit
  1. Screw the strip to the wall
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Step 1

Using a hacksaw,

cut 1 ½" x 36" metal strips to your desired length.

Drill 5/32" mounting holes vertically centred

Step 2

Drill 5/32" mounting holes vertically centred

and 1 ½" from the ends, then counter bore the holes with a ¼" drill bit. This will ensure that when you attach it to the wall, the screw heads will be flush with the strip.

Prime and paint

Step 3

Prime and paint

the strip with two coats of paint, sanding lightly between.

Using a level

Step 4

Using a level

(preferably a laser level) mark level lines on the wall. Put the metal strip in position and mark the mounting holes.

Using a 3/16" drill bit

Step 5

Using a 3/16" drill bit

create pilot holes for the wall plugs and insert plugs using a rubber mallet.

Screw the strip to the wall

Step 6

Screw the strip to the wall

using 1 ¼" #6 flat head screws. Touch up screw heads with paint, if desired.

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Project Details

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

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  • #6 flat head screws and plugs
  • Paint
  • Sandpaper
  • steel strips


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