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10-19-2016 12:04 PM

I am going to start a bookshelf project for my oldest son. I have plans and materials list. My dilemma is that the instructions call for attaching shelves to sides using a pocket hole jig. I do not own one. Can I use nailing cleats and get just the same support?

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#1 posted 10-19-2016 01:15 PM

Cleats would provide even greater support than screws. Usually, I glue and nail – which is sufficient, but you could also rabbet the sides to recess the cleats a little – which is really overkill.

And I’ve never felt the need to actually nail the shelves to the cleats.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#2 posted 10-19-2016 01:59 PM

I did the rabbits on the sides some glue on the back and a hardwood rail for the front, solid as a rock over 4 ft. !

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 10-19-2016 02:55 PM

Thanks for your replies. I am feeling better about the task.

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