|Forum topic by greenwoodbob||posted 12-08-2009 11:08 PM||1001 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
12-08-2009 11:08 PM
My client, an architect, has asked me to build an entertainment center for one of his clients. I have concerns about it’s stability, because it will essentially be four sides and some shelving; but no back.
The four sides will be 1 1/2” hardwood, and they will be 18” deep. It is 7’ wide, and 30” tall, with two additional vertical sections, evenly spaced that also will be 1 1/2” stock. There is also a center shelf running between the sides of the cabinets and the 2 interior veritcal sections.
My concern is that if someone were to push on this piece from the side, it would not be sturdy enough, and would come out of square.
I’ve tried to encourage him to consider a back for this, but his client wants it open.
I’ve consdered mortising the vertical sections and I think that will help; but even with the mortise, I don’t think that will yet be strong enough.
Any further advice or comments will be greatly appreciated!
-- Bob Card