2. Before assembling, drill holes for the shelf pins: The top three drawer openings are 7 inches tall. Measure 7 ¾ inches down on the inside of each side/middle piece (to accommodate the thickness of the shelf) and mark it. Drill two holes just below the 7 ¾ mark and insert shelf pins into the holes. These will hold each of the shelves. Repeat twice on each side/middle piece (for a total of three small shelves on each side).
3. Assemble the outside frame (top, sides, bottom shelf). We used a nail gun, which sped up the process.
4. Measure and mark the center position and insert the middle piece. Attach with nails.
5. Nail the front kick plate into place, about ¾ inches back from the side pieces. Then nail the back kick plate into place along the back of the unit. (The back piece isn’t really a kick plate. It’s there merely for support.)