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#1 posted 02-12-2016 03:49 PM

Can you work your length out so that the end of the shelf corresponds to a stud? You could then maybe pocket hole a long screw in the underside of the shelf, through the back, and into the stud. That would help support the dado. You could also glue a 3/4” thick support under each shelf to support the shelf at the dado, making failure there less likely. The shelf may still deflect at the outside corner under load though.

Just thinking out loud…
- bbasiaga

Good suggestions. Yes, the outside edge is close to a stud. Also, using a dado that doesn’t span the entire width of the board (like tongue and groove) might give the shelf some additional support indeed

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