I visited my local wood guy yesterday after the latest load of walnut came out of the kiln. I got there early enough to have first pick and got a couple of nice 8ft x 11” 15/16 boards for my twin book shelves that I plan to make for my living room.
There are going to be a few challenges in this project. One is how I’m going to cut my dado’s and rabbets in such a long and heavy board. I hate free handing a router and the board is too long to use my table saw. Pushing it through my TS may get dicey because it’s very hard to support a 7 ft 15/16 board without twisting it as it is cutting.
I was thinking of just scoring the dado’s with a circular saw and using a chisel to remove the wood between the scores. This may be the most accurate way to do it, but I’m sure you all may have better idea’s about how it should be done.
I was also thinking I may use rabbet joints in the corners and either a biscuit or dowel to reinforce along with some walnut along the top as a fascia for extra strength.
I hate the idea of holes and pins for shelf supports, but if the only alternative is to dado or make permanent shelves I may have to do that. I do plan to have one permanent shelf (non-adjustable) in the middle.
-- Mom always said, "you can do anything you put your mind to." The older I get the more I realize she was right.