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

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#1 posted 04-23-2013 05:03 PM

I would recommend biscuits as well, they are thinner but allow for more glue contact due to their width. Making up a few out of your walnut would be best. My experience with plywood is that it will bend easier than solid wood but it will hold an original shape better if bent. Solid wood will be much stronger, and if it ends up a full 1” it should be good; but, as Marcus stated, plywood is more stable. Could you cut the pieces of plywood outside first, then take the pieces inside to build? Keep in mind that books get awfully heavy, common sense prevails. If it were mine, I’d go with the wood. Lastly, your mounting system seems like a good idea, tho I might suggest a moveable support for the center section to allow for wiggle and/or expansion or contraction issues; mounting to the wall may be better.

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