Step 2: Design
Knowing that wood of 5cm x 1.6cm x length and 7cm x 1.6cm x length are common in hardware stores, I based a lot of the structure around this.
I planned to make a wooden frame for the base to provide a little height and some structure (so the bottom shelf wasn't sitting directly on the ground, nor would it sag).
So.. 4 pieces of 5cmx1.6cm wood, running front to back, with two long pieces of 5cmx1.6cm wood joining them. (see picture 1)
From there, I added a panel of wood directly on top with the same depth and width (this became the bottom shelf) - giving me a platform.
At that point, I added my vertical panels.
The end panels attached to the sides of the base - so they need to be longer than the two central panels (end panel height = central panel height + base height + bottom shelf thickness).
I then created stability by placing a stabilizer piece across the top of the back panels.
(see picture 2 for a sneak peek of construction and to get an idea about what I am talking about).
To strengthen this structure and give it a more solid look, I dressed the face with these 5cm x 1.6cm and 7cm x 1.6cm pieces of wood.
The maths freaks amongst you have been keeping track and already know at this point that I used the table saw to cut the bottom front piece down from 7cm to 6.6cm's so that the front piece was the same height as the existing platform..
Now you have my basic structure.. Give it a bit more thought and see where you can add your own touches to make it more "you".