|Forum topic by lumberjoe||posted 05-16-2012 01:28 PM||1027 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
05-16-2012 01:28 PM
After a very long journey, I am getting into the final assembly stages on my entertainment center. My design called for two drawers on the bottom and a shelf on the top. My wife doesn’t want drawers at all so it ended up having 2 shelves. I am a little concerned about supporting the top shelf and would like some tips.
The overall dimensions are as follows:
Construction is solid, laminated 3/4” soft maple throughout except the back which is 1/2” ply
The bottom shelf is supported by 6 evenly spaced runners. I am wondering if the top shelf is adequately supported. I cut rabbets in the sides. Since the design originally called for drawers on the bottom, the face frame has provisions for that. I plan on keeping the divider and just making the bottom shelf a divided shelf. This will also be solid maple. my questions are:
Will the rabbets on the sides and solid maple (3/4 thick, x 7” high x 16” deep) divider be adequate support for the top solid maple shelf?
I am having issues figuring out how to attach it to the top shelf. It will be screwed into the bottom shelf from the bottom. I obviously cannot do the same for the top shelf, and pocket holes will be visible and not an option either. The options I thought of are either: – Dowels – rabbet since the front is hidden by the face frame – Sliding dovetail which I have never attempted in a project, but have made a few in scrap that came out pretty good.