Step 1: Cut the Pieces

illustration detailing the cut parts necessary to build a small bookcase
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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Using a circular saw and a straightedge, cut the assembly pieces based on the cut list at thisoldhouse.com/bonus. Sand them lightly.
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    Tools List

    • circular saw
      circular saw
    • miter saw
      miter saw
    • drill
      drill driver

    Shopping List

    1. ¾-inch plywood,

    Get a 4x8 sheet to make the top, sides, and shelf supports



    2. ½-inch plywood,

    Get a 4x4 half sheet for the back



    3. 1x3 Get a 3-foot board for the crosspiece4. 1x4 Get a 6-foot board for the mitered base trim

    5. fluted casing Get 8-feet

    6. chair rail molding Get 8 feet

    7. wood glue

    8. 1-inch trim head screws