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Blog entry by RexInMinn posted 03-15-2014 02:34 AM 1017 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m planning to build two wooden boxes (five sides) to replace milk crates in a brick & board style shelf unit for my old books that I keep in my basement library. These boxes need to be strong enough to support considerable weight. Gluing the joints is not a great option as my shop is unheated. The finished size will be 19 x 11 x 13. Which stock sizes would you use (that would be available at a Lowe’s or Home Depot)? One design I thought of was to create panels using 2×4 to frame 3/8” plywood for each panel, then insert plywood into slots made in each one. Maybe a laminate would be better than plywood. The panels would then be nailed together. I am not equipped to make fancy joints, although I could make a rabbet joint for the corners. Emphasis on strength and economy for this project. Any ideas would be welcome. If you believe gluing to be a must, say so; I can glue in my basement if need be.

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#1 posted 03-15-2014 04:13 AM

I think you’ll get more replies if you post on the forum instead of your blog but I’ll try to help. Glue would go a long way in making your project sound. I can’t remember a piece I’ve done in a very long time without gluing at least part of it. That said, pocket screws make a strong joint for your frame and all you really need is the small kit and a drill. If you already have a drill it will only cost $20 or so.

3/8 ply will work as long as you don’t add too much weight. Again, a little glue goes a long way and would support much more load than nails alone

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#2 posted 03-15-2014 12:16 PM

Thanks for this. I thought I was posting it to a forum. Had you not mentioned this I would never have guessed I put this in the wrong place! Thanks for the heads up. And I appreciate the tips, esp. about the glue. I have never heard of pocket screws. Have a great weekend.

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