The Gregory Tradition

Flat interior wall surfaces facilitate installing cabinets, mirrors, pictures and shelving. Flat surfaced log and/or framed walls, finished using T & G wood siding to give the appearance of log walls are popular choices in log homes. Conventional frame wall finishes include gypsum wallboard or wood paneling. Gregory Wood Products also produces Kenosa™ Flat Slat ventilated shelving.

A. Installation Layout:

  • Determine the location of the shelves.
  • Using a level, steel measuring tape and #2 pencil, draw a horizontal line on the wall where each shelf will be installed. This line will be concealed by the shelf's back rail. Use a chalk line if pencil does not show clearly on the wood surface.
  • If a shelf extends from a corner, mark the location of the first KSB along the horizontal pencil line within 16" of the corner. Make additional marks to locate KSB not more than 32" apart.
B. KSB Installation: The Gregory Tradition
  • With 2-1/4" long x #8 wood screws, attach the KSB to the log wall. If attachment is to a stud wall framed on 16" centers, screw the KSB to every other stud. On log walls 36" spacing is the maximum.
  • No more than 8" of shelf should extend beyond the last KSB unsupported.

C. Garment Rail installation:

  • After all of the KSB is installed, lay the shelves on the KSB. Care should be taken to place the most pleasingly grained shelf rail toward the front.
  • With a #2 pencil mark the back of the front rail of each shelf that receives a garment rail. Marks should be no more than 36" apart and spaced evenly and beginning about 2" from shelf end.
  • Remove the shelves to which garment rails will be attached.
  • Position the shelf and the garment rail with the front of the shelf face down on a flat surface.
  • Position garment rail hangers as marked along the length of the shelf.
  • Position the garment rail hangers behind the shelf's front and the garment rail as marked.
  • Drill pilot holes through the pre-drilled holes in the garment rail hanger into the shelf and garment rails.
  • Secure the garment rail hanger to the shelf and garment rail using 1" long x #8 wood screws.

D. Shelf Installation:

  • Lay the shelf back over the installed KSB. Push the back rail downward until it is securely seated.
  • Drill pilot holes through the back shelf rail midway between each KSB (or at intermediate studs.)
  • Attach the back rail to the log or stud wall using 2.25" long x #8 wood screws.
  • On open ends, where shelves extend beyond the KSB, screw the back rail of the shelf directly to the wall about 2" from the end.
  • Where shelf ends butt walls: A.) Snugly fit a Kwik End Bracket (KEB) with 2.25'' long x #8 wood screws. If attaching KEB to drywall, first install plastic drywall sets to receive the screws. B.) Snugly fit a Kwik Comer Support (KCS) into the closet corner beneath the back rail of the shelf and drive a 3" screw through the pre-drilled hole into the wood framing.

E. Finishing Saw-cut Shelf Ends:

  • Use fine sandpaper or file to smooth and dress saw-cuts.
  • Apply a dab of color putty to finish saw-cuts to match the factory finish as nearly as possible.

Precautions & Special Conditions:

  • Log walls usually settle due to wood shrinkage. Avoid using vertical support poles to support shelves on log walls.
  • When shelves attached to stud-framed walls intersect shelves attached to log walls, do not screw intersecting shelves to one another.
  • As most settling due to wood shrinkage usually occurs before shelving is scheduled for installation, typically five months into construction, differential movement may be minimal.