After my encounter with the table saw mishap, I took my time trimming the MDF for the display stand project using my bandsaw. This provided a degree better in precision cutting that I needed. It didn't take long for me to finish the center and immediate side pieces of the display stands. In fact, it went by so quickly that I forgot to take photos until I was on the third section. Fortunately, the construction of all three levels is identical, so this third tier display stand will serve as a good model of how the other parts were assembled.
First I cut all the sides ¼" shorter than the sides they mate with. That way all the corners line up correctly when I go to glue the sections together.
Here are the supports for each side section. They're ½" MDF board cut in strips and cut to length for the side sections' length and height.
The ½" MDF strips are glued to the sides using regular wood glue as shown here. Then they're set aside to dry for an hour.
Then I took each completed side section and paired it with the display stand lid. From there, I glued the sections to the lid using the wood glue.
And here's the semi-finished display stand (inverted). This will be truly finished after the wife covers it in the fabric of her choice. But for now, my work here is done!