Step 1: Build the Bookcase

Tom Silva puts together a ready-to-assemble bookcase
Photo: Allison Dinner
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Put together a ready-to-assemble bookcase using the included hardware; you can find one at 
any home store. Attach the backing, using the included nails, to keep the piece square. Set the shelves aside for Step 8.
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    Tools List

    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • Phillips screwdriver
      Screwdriver
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • pneumatic brad nailer
      Pneumatic brad-nail gun
    • sandpaper
      120-grit sandpaper
    • 2-and-a-half-inch paintbrush
      Paintbrush

    Shopping List

    1. 1¼-inch brad nails to secure the top and bottom to the bookcase, and to trim the cabinet. If necessary, they will also be used to attach the header.

    2. Corner foot plates. Get four.

    3. Furniture feet. Get four.4. Magnetic door catch. Get two.

    5. H-hinges. Get four.

    6. Knobs. Get two.

    7. Primer-sealer. Get one quart.

    8. Paint. Get one quart in a satin or semigloss finish.