Constructing the Basic

1. Cut two side pieces (A) from 3/4-inch-thick plywood, each measuring 16-1/2 by 15-1/2 inches.

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  1. Cut four corner supports (B) from 2x2 pine, each 14-1/4 inches long.
  2. Refer to Figure 1, and attach one corner support (B) flush with each 16-1/2-inch edge of one side (A). Note that the corner support (B) is positioned flush at one end and is 2-1/4 inches short at the other end, as shown in Figure 1. This 2-1/4 inch gap will accommodate the addition of the bottom of the chest and the supports underneath. Use glue and 2-inch-long screws placed about every 4 inches. Screw through the side (A) into the corner support (B). Although you don't need to countersink these screws because they will be covered by trim, be sure to drive them all the way into the wood so that the screw heads don't protrude.
  3. Repeat step 3 to attach the remaining two corner supports

(B) to the other side (A).

  1. Cut two front/back pieces (C) from 3/4-inch-thick plywood, each measuring 16-1/2 by 48 inches.
  2. Place the two sides (A) opposite each other, with the 2-1/4-inch gap at the bottom of both sides (A). Glue and screw the sides (A) to both the front and back (C), matching 16-1/2-inch edges, as shown in Figure 2. The front and back pieces

(C) should overlap the exposed edges of the sides (A). Use 2-inch-long screws placed about every

4 inches, and screw through the front and back (C) into the corner supports (B).

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