Step 5: Clamp and join units

Clamp and join the bookcase to the wall unit with drill
Photo: Donna Moser/Alderman Studio
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Clamp a bookcase unit to a wall cabinet and join the two with a pair of 2½-inch screws driven through the face frames. Spread out a blanket or moving pad and lay the assembled unit on its side.
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    Tools List

    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • circular saw
      Circular saw or hand saw
    • hammer
      Hammer or pneumatic finish nailer
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • two-foot level
      Level
    • adjustable clamp
      Clamps, for holding together cabinets
    • flat prybar
      Thin pry bar, used to remove existing molding from walls
    • studfinder
      Stud finder, for locating wall studs
    • Countersink bit
      Countersink drill bit, used to bore screw-pilot and countersink holes in face frames

    Shopping List

    1. Stock cabinets with matching trim and plywood skins

    2. Contact cement, used to adhere prefinished plywood skin to assembled cabinets

    3. Paintbrush and paint roller, used to apply contact cement

    4. 1 ½-inch finishing nails, for attaching trim to cabinets

    5. 2 x 4s, used to build platform

    6. 2 ½- and 3-inch drywall screws, for joining together cabinets and assembling platform

    7. Wood shims, used to level platform and plumb cabinets

    8. 3/4 x 1-inch wood strips, to provide nailing support for crown molding