|Forum topic by RossCapolupo||posted 06-10-2016 04:05 PM||453 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
06-10-2016 04:05 PM
Need some feedback on a bookcase I am building. It is a simple, clean 8’ tall bookcase, modeled after an IKEA model that they liked, but was too cheesy. They want it solid wood and painted white, so I went with poplar. They want adjustable shelves, but I convinced them to have a fixed center shelf to support the 8’ side panels.
The carcass is to be 3/4” poplar, joined by half-laps, glued and screwed. The back panel is to be 1/2”, same joinery. For the fixed shelf, ill likely go with a sliding dovetail to give the panels more support.
My issue is that I got 4/4 rough sawn poplar, and the boards are so out of flat, that I think the final panel thicknesses will be 5/8” for the sidewalls. Wanted to know if y’all think that is enough material to have a sturdy product on such long panels? Without all fixed shelves, I am worried about the panels warping along the length. On the plus side, it will be painted and clear coated, so I think moisture exchange will be minimal.