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LiveEdge

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05-29-2015 06:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cabinet shelves glue bracket screw

I’m building up a wine/liquor cabinet and am trying to decide the best way to fasten the interior shelves. The decision seems to be the hardest for the central drawer unit which will be heavier than the straightforward shelves.

How would you do it? I’m leaning toward brackets for the bottom and top and glue for the drawer unit, but I’m open to correction.


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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 05-29-2015 06:08 PM

Dado it into the sides.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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LiveEdge

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#2 posted 05-29-2015 06:38 PM

Duh. Another obvious option. If the sides are 3/4, do you only use 50% of the thickness for the groove? This is what I’ve done before, but it seems you aren’t actually weakening the structure as you are filling back in with wood.

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#3 posted 05-29-2015 06:42 PM

On 3/4 stock I usually only run a 1/4” deep dado, 3/8” deep is not 50% stronger. The shelf needs to be thick enough to not bend significantly under the load. The bending is what will bust the joint. If the drawer unit can have an upper and lower dado, 1/4” deep with 3/4” stock and you will be good to go.

Post some pics to keep us up to date.

-- Chris K

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#4 posted 05-29-2015 06:47 PM

+1 on 1/4” dados for drawer unit. I’d be tempted to put upper and lower shelves on adjustable shelf pins

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LiveEdge

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#5 posted 05-29-2015 06:57 PM

I will definitely do dados for the drawer unit. I’m not sure I trust my skill to get four dados to exactly line up for all the shelving so I might also be tempted to do upper and lower shelves on pins. I’ll ponder that.

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BinghamtonEd

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#6 posted 05-29-2015 07:14 PM

Lining up the dados is easy. Cut the dados first, then rip the sides apart. If the sides are separate, clamp them together and use a router with an edge guide to make all of the dados. I’d do rabbets on the top and bottom panels to help make glue-up easier.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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waho6o9

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#7 posted 05-29-2015 07:24 PM

Cut the dados first is great advice.

Dado the 4×8 sheet after square it up and slap a dado in the back panel if you
want to over do it.

1/4” dado will suffice and it makes the math easier as well.

Looking forward to your fine cab in the projects forum.

All The Best

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LiveEdge

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#8 posted 05-29-2015 07:25 PM

Panels are already cut and they are solid wood glueups instead of ply. Finished product is going to be stained and not painted as in the image. That picture was just the inspiration.

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#9 posted 05-29-2015 07:38 PM

I expected nothing less from the LiveEdge, it’s going to look great,

a family heirloom.

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