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Forum topic by Jordan Henkel posted 02-19-2013 06:33 PM 893 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jordan Henkel

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02-19-2013 06:33 PM

Hi Just want to get your guys take on a 92” long shelf that is 14” wide. How thick you make it and how many brackets. Any one ever use the metal french cleats?

-- Jordan Henkel, President C.A.W.A

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#1 posted 02-19-2013 06:51 PM

I would make it 3/4” to 1” and face the leading edge with another board…assuming you’ll be putting books on the shelf.

-- jay,

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#2 posted 02-19-2013 07:49 PM

A shelf that it going to have to support a lot of weight. I would bracket it at every stud and make it 1” thick.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 02-19-2013 09:20 PM

Here’s a fun toy…

What you’ll generally find is that support will be needed every 32” minimum. If you attach with a french cleat that will give you additional rigidity.


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#4 posted 02-20-2013 02:08 AM

+1 on using the Sagulator. Good call, Rick.

-- Art

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#5 posted 02-20-2013 02:17 AM

it may sound over kill but i would use 2×4’s to make the skeleton for it and then cover it with regular white board and a nice decorative moulding,brace it, then paint to your liking.

-- You can get alot further with a kind word and a hand gun, than just a kind word alone

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#6 posted 02-21-2013 06:45 PM

Divide the length by 3 and that is where you should put a support plus at the ends; a total of 4 supports.

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