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To allow for a starting place for the band saw or jig saw blade (later in this step), cut oversized 11x11-inch ends (A). For the same blade-starting assistance, cut oversized 4-1/2x6-inch upper dividers (B).
Using the Materials List and Cutting Diagram PDF as a reference cut the top/bottom (C), upper back (D), lower divider (E), lower back (F), and front cleat (G) from 1/2-inch-thick birch plywood (good both sides). Sand the pieces with 80-grit and then 120-grit sandpaper. Label the pieces with chalk and set them aside.
Using carpet tape between the parts, adhere the blanks for the ends (A) in a stack, aligning their edges and ends. Make a similar stack for the three upper dividers (B).
Select double-face cloth carpet tape to hold your identical pieces. Ordinary double-face tape doesn’t have enough tack to hold up during the cutting and sanding steps.
Keeping the pieces taped together reduces your cutting and sanding efforts. When you finish the sanding steps, separate the pieces with a tapered softwood shim. Separating the pieces with a hand chisel may scar the plywood.
Make two copies of the full-sized Divider Pattern (PDF), which also serves as the pattern for the radius on the ends (A). Using spray adhesive, adhere the patterns to the one of the ends (A) and upper dividers (B).
With a band saw or jig saw, cut the radius of the ends (A) and dividers (B) to shape, staying just outside the pattern outline. Keeping like pieces together, sand the radii smooth with a random orbit sander or disc sander. (A disc sander can complete only a portion of the profile of the ends; you’ll need to complete this task with a random orbit sander or a hand sander.) Be sure to keep the edges square during the sanding. Check that the profiles of the dividers and ends match.
Remove the patterns and separate the parts. Mineral spirits will loosen the grip of the tape and remove adhesive residue. If necessary, resand individual pieces with 120-grit sandpaper.
Pencil the locations of the dividers (B) on the upper back (D) and top (C). Nail the upper back (D) to the top (C) as shown in Step 1 at left. Use Titebond II glue and 1 inch brads. Then nail and glue the dividers to the upper back (D) and then through the dividers and into the top (C) as shown in Step 2.
At your drill press, use a 1 inch Forstener bit to bore holes through the lower divider (E) where dimensioned in Step 3 in the Project Illustration.
Then, glue and nail the lower divider as shown. Now, glue and nail the ends (A), as shown in Step 4. and the bottom (C) as shown in Step 5.
Glue and nail the lower back (F) as shown in Step 6. Finally, glue and clamp the front cleat (G) in place as shown in Step 7.
Use a nail set where necessary to hide the brads. Before applying paint, fill nail holes and plywood voids with wood filler.
Sand with 120-grit sandpaper, then apply two coats of paint.