Step 3: Assemble the Sides, Shelves, Back, and Top

illustration detailing how to assemble the sides, shelves, back, and top when building a small bookcase
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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Fit the shelves into the side slots, using clamps to hold it all together. Use the back panel to square up the assembly, then glue and screw it to the sides' edges. Tip the cabinet upright, apply glue to its top edges, and set the top piece flush with the back and sides but overhanging the front. Screw the top in place.
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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