Step 2: Attach the Top and Base

Tom Silva attaches the base to the bookcase
Photo: Allison Dinner
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Cut two boards from 1 shelving to the width of the bookcase and to its depth plus the thickness of the shutters, plus ¼ inch for a reveal. Nail the boards to the top and bottom of the bookcase, flush with the back and sides.
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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.