Gap for adjustable shelves

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Forum topic by rod66 posted 03-09-2011 06:13 PM 2367 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-09-2011 06:13 PM

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Question..when building adjustable shelves, how much of a gap should I leave on the sides and back of the shelf. I would like the smallest gap possible but would like to be able to adjust shelves with ease. Seem like I have to come back and trim shelves after painting them. Is there an average amount you allow for paint? Or is trimming us part of the process?

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#1 posted 03-09-2011 06:34 PM

I usually give 1/8th” clearance in width which gives 1/16” on both sides when mounted. This seems to work fairly well for me. Also, some shelf pins will dictate how much clearance is needed depending on what style you use. As far as the back, depends really on how far in you want the front of the self to be, appearance wise. At least that’s how I approach it.

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