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Forum topic by Ron Ramsey posted 11-02-2011 02:35 PM 1450 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ron Ramsey

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11-02-2011 02:35 PM

I’m building some pseudo-craftsmen cabinets for a kitchen/food serving area in our basement. I want to great a system for the shelves that does not use any pins or metal shelf standards. I vaguely recall seeing a plan somewhere that usess wooden standards. As I recall, there were 4 standarda, one in each corner of the cabinet. Each standard had some sort of a notch every inch or so. A wooden slat with ends cut to mate with thea notches on the standards, was then used to bridge the gap between the front and rear standard. The shelf then rested on these 2 wooden slats, one on each side of the cabinet. Does anyone have experience with this approach?

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#1 posted 11-15-2011 05:25 AM

I saw a photograph of the shelf supports that you describe and have been fascinated by the idea ever since. It is definitely on my to do list to build a cabinet with these supports. Niall Barrett describes, what he calls sawtooth shelf supports, in his book “Bookcases: Outstanding Projects from America’s Best Craftsmen” The Taunton Press, 1999, on pages 130-131. I recommend this book for a lot of reasons.

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#2 posted 11-15-2011 06:08 PM

I saw someone (Norm or Marc?) make one a while ago. I seem to remember they looked like bandsaw blades in the corners. Since they were made of wood, they were much more attractive than metal standards and they blended right in.

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