Step 1: Build the Box

Build the Box when building a jelly cupboard
Illustration Gregory Nemec
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Use a circular saw to cut the pieces according to the cut list. Sandwich the top and shelves between the sides, with the shelves installed 10½, 21, and 32½ inches below the top. Apply glue to the edges of the sandwiched pieces, and nail into them through the outside of the cabinet, using a pneumatic nailer and 1¼-inch brads. Glue and nail the back panel in place, flush at the top and inset inch at each side. Nail the cap onto the cabinet, flush at the back but overhanging the front and sides equally.
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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • pencil
      Pencil
    • spring clamp
      Clamp
    • straight edge
      Straightedge
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • pneumatic brad nailer
      Pneumatic brad nailer
    • air compressor
      Air compressor
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • 1-quart paint can
    • 1-gallon paint can
    • shims
      Corrugated cardboard or shims
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • 1/8-inch bit with combination countersink
      -inch combination countersink bit
    • 1/8-inch twist bit
      -inch drill bit
    • sandpaper
      220-grit sandpaper
    • 2½-inch sash brush

    Shopping List

    ¾-inch by 18-inch edge-glued-pine panels Get two 6-footers.

    ¼-inch pine plywood Get one 2-by-4-foot sheet.

    1 ¼-inch brad nails

    No. 8 1¼-inch wood screws

    Cabinet knob

    Surface cabinet hinges Get two.

    Wood glue

    Wood filler

    Paint