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Forum topic by The__Dude posted 02-20-2016 04:33 PM 635 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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The__Dude

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02-20-2016 04:33 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bookcase pine veneer

I need a book shelf for my home office.
Not really needing anything furniture grade.

3/4” pine plywood sanded on both sides was on sale. So I picked some up.

Planning on ripping 12” wide for sides and shelves.

Then dado cut the sides and glue in shelves.

What is a cheap solution to dress the front edge?
Veneer that is ironed on?
Or should I just make a face frame from solid pine?


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Kazooman

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#1 posted 02-20-2016 07:15 PM

I would make a face frame of 1 X 2 pine with narrower (1 1/2” or so) pieces to dress up the edge of the shelves. The added width will dress up the book sheld and make it look more like a piece of furniture as opposed to some glued up plywood.

You didn’t mention the other dimensions. If the shelves are long you might get some sag with a heavy load. There are calculators online that can give you an idea of what you are looking at. The glued on trim strips will add some support. Or you could cut a rabbet in the pieces for the edge of the shelf and glue it on. That will give a lot of stiffness and has some long grain to long grain glue surface. A third alternative is another dado on the back piece if that will also be 3/4” ply. Don’t forget to cut the shelves a bit wider to allow for the portion in the dado leaving the front edges of the shelves and side flush.

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Kazooman

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#2 posted 02-20-2016 07:26 PM

Actually, I would make the book shelf with adjustable shelves.

Norm Abram had a good design on his show years ago. It is a tall unit, but you can adapt it to any size you like. I built two that join together in the middle with hardware that allows it to be broken down if needed for moving it. See the video for ideas:

http://tune.pk/video/4290975/new-yankee-workshop-108-bookcase

You don’t have to incorporate the crown molding at the top or the base, but they do add a lot to the piece and are very simple.

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#3 posted 02-20-2016 08:06 PM

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#4 posted 02-20-2016 08:17 PM

Are you going to paint it? If so, I would just nail and glue some edging on. Sides for me would be 1 1/4” wide giving 1/4” over hang on each side of plywood. Shelves would be 1” flush on top and 1/4 over on the bottom. Put the sides on first and cut shelf fronts to fit. Lots of options if you want to make adjustable shelves.

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#5 posted 02-20-2016 08:23 PM

If you have some pine left over and you want cheap just rip some 1/4 inch thick strips and attache them to the edges.

He did ask for a cheap solution.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#6 posted 02-21-2016 04:33 AM



If you have some pine left over and you want cheap just rip some 1/4 inch thick strips and attache them to the edges.

He did ask for a cheap solution.

- AlaskaGuy

+1

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The__Dude

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#7 posted 02-23-2016 12:47 AM

My wife and I ripped all the plywood this weekend.
It will be just shy of 4 foot wide.
I dont have one solid sheet left for the back.
But I do have 2 sheets I can make one out of.
So I could dado into the back sheets to support the shelves.

I am ok buying some solid pine to face frame the front.
I will probably stain and seal this one.

So how do I cut dados for the shelves?

I am guessing I set up the dado blade then cross cut each piece.
Reset the distance and cut them all again.

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bondogaposis

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#8 posted 02-23-2016 01:28 AM

Instead of making them 12” wide make them 11 1/2” that way you can get four long rips from a sheet of plywood.

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The__Dude

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#9 posted 02-27-2016 03:05 AM

Table saw or router to cut the dados?
What is the preferred?

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AlaskaGuy

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#10 posted 02-27-2016 03:40 AM



Table saw or router to cut the dados?
What is the preferred?

- The__Dude

Both work, it just a personal choice.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#11 posted 02-27-2016 11:18 AM

IMO iron on edge banding is the cheapest, fastest way to go.

Trim and sand the edges carefully so nothing catches when sliding a book off the shelf (how to I know that?).

And what bongo^ said.

Dados:

IMO router is better for plywood. You can dado across the whole sheet prior to ripping.
Make a simple jig with guides on both sides of router. This way you can adjust to precise width for ply.

I like to score the dados with a knife before cutting to eliminate tear out.

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