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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