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Posted on Wall unit bookshelf Shelving question - Warping walnut ???

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#1 posted 04-23-2013 10:44 AM

1. I use biscuits when edge joining wood, but I do not believe they provide much if any strength and I have never had any issues with my joints separating. You may want to consider dowels to help you align the pieces though.

2. I would personally use plywood or design some sort of support for the middle of the shelves. The length you’re talking about is a pretty good stretch for 3/4 stock. Plywood would be more stable than solid wood, avoid the issues you worry about in number one, and save you a few bucks. Also, is the shelves are going to be stacked with books, you won’t see it anyways.

As for transporting and storage, I’m in a similar boat. Most stores who sell nicer plywood will cut it, you may want to look around a bit. In a pinch I’ve ordered from Home Depot online and had it delivered. Their stuff isn’t too bad and very convenient.

3. I would attach the middle shelf to the wall.

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