Best way to build plywood shelves with 1x2 trim?

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Forum topic by LearningAsIGo posted 09-16-2012 11:39 PM 3592 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-16-2012 11:39 PM

Is there a common/best way to do this? I have included a picture, are these all acceptable methods? With A if you aren’t using any type of joinery method would you just use finish nails or a kreg jig? With B and C would you just glue and clamp?

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#1 posted 09-17-2012 12:06 AM

For all three I would use glue as the joint and a few pin nails as the clamp.

The glue joint will be stronger than the wood in the places where the plywood runs linear to the joint, weaker where it is connected by end grain.

All three are acceptable joints, but my favorite is “B” if it’s not for books and “C” if books are going on that shelf.

Good Luck!

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#2 posted 09-17-2012 01:39 AM

You also need to consider the span. I have books and magazines on “A” style shelves with a 1X3” face that are also supported on the sides and back and a 5’ span. They do not sag. I used glue and 18G nails until the glue set. HTH

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#3 posted 09-17-2012 01:50 AM

All three will work fine, but just be careful using pin nails if you plan on running some sort of profile on the leading edge of your shelf. I usually just glue and clamp the edging and I’ve never had one fail. If I’m going to paint and not run a profile, I may use a couple pin nails, but I don’t if I’m going to finish natural or stain and finish. I don’t like seeing the filled nail holes on the leading edge of all the shelves. That’s not a given, just my personal preference.

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