Well, I got some red oak plywood and cut the sides of the bookcase, and the next step involves my table saw, which is a Delta about 20 years old, but it's always been reliable, but I haven't used it much recently.
So yesterday I fire it up and there's a nice "kill switch" you can hit with your knee in case you accidentally saw off one of your limbs or you're having trouble sawing 3" titanium rods or something, only suddenly it doesn't work.
And it doesn't work in a very bad way, in that the saw doesn't turn off at all anymore, unless you unplug it from the outlet.
RoadScholar is a professional woodworker, and he will confirm that this is A BAD THING. That's a safety issue that involves my personal body.
I tried to disassemble the mofo and fix it myself, but I didn't get very far with it, so I called the shop where I bought it lo these many moons ago, but they don't do repairs. So I googled the goog, and found a nice tool repair shop that isn't open on Saturday night (or Sunday).
Let's put the bookcase on hold for a few days.