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#1 posted 05-03-2007 02:49 AM

I think I would approach the shelf like I would a breadboard Joshua. Look at the plans for the Thorsen Table top and you’ll see three tenons on each end that get inserted into the breadboard. Pretend the breadboard is the rail on your shelf. Fix the center tenon but let the outside tenons float to accommodate for wood movenment. The tenons of course could be blind instead of through. Does that make any sense? I think looking at the Thorsen project will help.

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