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

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#1 posted 04-23-2013 10:50 AM

A couple of years ago I did a very large set of display shelving for a tile store. Some of it was built very similar to what you are doing with pin supports for shelves that were around 36” long. The plans were drawn by an architectural design company. They specified two layers of shop grade birch plywood glue laminated with a 3/4 X 1 1/2 hardwood edging. Tile is about as heavy as anything you would want to put on a shelf and they have held up well. Having never used walnut for a large project before I really am not qualified to advise you on whether or not it would work well for your application. As for cutting the plywood buy one of the many circular saw guides or just use a strait edge and a couple of clamps to break it down into manageable pieces before you move it to your basement.

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