Step 5: Cut and Secure the Trim

Tom Silva adds trim to the bookcase/cabinet
Photo: Allison Dinner
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Miter ¾-inch molding to wrap the front and side edges of the cabinet's top and base. Nail on the trim so that it's flush with the cabinet's top, and do the same for the base, reversing the profile.
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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.