View Full Version : Edging for Shelves
03-28-2005, 05:28 PM
Sometime in the not too distant past some WW magazine had an article on different types of edging for shelves--showing the comparative strength of each type. I can't find it anyplace. Does anyone happen to know of this article? I am just starting a bookcase which will have 4 ft. shelves so will need all the strength I can muster! Thanks for any help.
Doubling the shelf thickness helps (2ea 3/4"). Glue them together. A couple full length splines inside of them would help.
Front edge of solid stock helps.
You can do the same on the back edge.
A strip or 2 underneath the shelf helps.
A back edge strip 3" +/- is really strong (show the wood on the top of the shelf and it looks like a back splash).
Shelf supports on the back wall center helps (maybe the 1/4" pin type)
Secrets to Strong & Sturdy Shelves
03-29-2005, 09:31 AM
This site should help you make a decision. It will calculate the amount of sag in a specified length of shelf depending upon what materials are used:
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