Three shelves on a record player stand - How to do it?

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Forum topic by Awlsome posted 11-20-2015 05:09 PM 497 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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11-20-2015 05:09 PM

I’m teaching a neighbor what I know about woodworking and we’re making a record player table out of oak together. I’d like to stay away from using aprons if possible. It needs to have three shelves, and we had purchased bannister spindles to use as legs…. and then I realized that I have no idea how to attach the shelves. We could cut the spindles into segments, drill through all of them and put a threaded rod through the entire assembly. We could dado into the spindles and set the shelves into the side and use hidden dowels as pegs. We could also use corner bracing and dowels.

Am I missing something? Is there another (better) way to do this? None of these seem very robust. Now that I think about it, aprons provide a mechanical stop against breakage along the length of the grain – all the force would just go into the apron which is joined to the leg.

I feel like the biggest problem is the complex shapes where the middle shelf will go.

Follow up question – does it matter in terms of durability if I use a weaker wood for the dowels or should I use oak to ensure they aren’t the weak link?

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#1 posted 11-20-2015 07:33 PM

I just figured it out. I’m going to put runners on the left and right sides which will support the cross grain and give me a place to attach the shelves to.

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