I was asked to build a skinny bookcase for the Fairbury museum.
I used common pine, 1x4's for this bookcase. The back is 3/16" Luan plywood.
I used Zar Cherry stain, followed by 1 coat of amber Shellac.
I decided to attach the horizontal piece to the base using steel table top fasteners in a groove. I made the horizontal piece a hair oversize so I could flush trim route it to exactly match the base.
This was a fun and quick project............compared to building the 1850 Period Correct bookcase !! I screwed the new bookcasee to the old one, to make it sturdy and less likely to tip outwards.