After all the parts are cut to width, cut them to the specific lengths your shelf system will need. For this project, we are using a European-style track saw – a plunge-cutting circular saw that glides on an integral base that also acts as a long straightedge for precision ripping and cross-cutting (Image 1).
If you don’t have a track saw, you can make accurate cross-cuts with a miter or chop saw, or simply clamp a straightedge to your work piece and use that to guide your circular saw (Image 2). Keep in mind that, unlike table saws, a circular saw blade cuts on an upward stroke, so always make cuts with the best side of the work piece facing downward.
Repeat the cutting process for the remaining shelves.
Cut the shelf dividers and the plinth sections to length.