I built the case from the least expensive wood I could find locally, knotty white pine. I picked through the piles to find the clearest and/or most appealing boards. I bought three dressed 16ft x 12” x .75” boards and one rough sawn 12ft x 10” x 2” clear Yellow Pine board.
I cut the bottom and sides first then dovetailed them together. Next the 1/4” deep dados were cut for the main and lower shelves using a handheld router fitted with an up-cut spiral bit and guided by a shop-built dado jig. The front was also cut and attached. The back consists of seven tongue and groove panels with 3/16” beading detail on the tongue edge. They are spaced a credit card thickness apart to allow for seasonal expansion/contraction. All exterior fasteners are 2” countersunk, stainless steel robertson drive screws. Like Christopher Schwarz, I applied glue only to the front panel and upper back panels. If you’re interested in his build you too can purchase his instruction video on Lie-Nielsen's site.
So now that the main structure was complete, I wanted to ensure that my tools would fit.