|Forum topic by lepelerin||posted 320 days ago||928 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
320 days ago
Question about shelving,
Here is the situation. I have been asked by a friend to build his wall bookshelf. It will be installed in a recessed wall. The bookshelf will be 12’ long (3.5 m), 8’ (2.44) high and 9” (23 cm) deep. I will make it into 3 pieces. For ease of explanation I will call them left, right and middle section. The left and right sections are 4’3” (1.3 m) wide and the middle section is 3’ (90 cm) wide. All of them 9” deep.
The frame (sides, top and bottom) will be made of solid walnut, 1” thick. There will be a total of 6 to 8 shelves in each section. Each section will have 2 or 3 fixed shelves and the rest will be floating shelves, I mean resting on a pin similar to that http://www.leevalley.com/US/hardware/page.aspx?p=67955&cat=3,43648,43649
Each shelf will be approximately 3’ to 4’ long by 8” wide, 3/4” – 1” thick
Here are my questions:
1) I cannot find walnut as wide as 9” wide. I will glue pieces together to get the required width.
2) At the store they told me that the floating shelves will be warping over time? What do you think? They recommended walnut-baltic plywood. The issue that I have with plywood is that my shop is in the basement, very unpractical next to impossible to cut a 8×4 sheet and the store does not cut plywood. Using plywood would require edging too. It might be more stable over time but my question is walnut prone to warp a lot? I have no experience with walnut. I do have a bookshelf build in pine with floating shelves (1’ wide, 55” long, ¾ thick) and they seem to be stable over time. I had this bookshelf for over 10 years the are still flat.
So the questions is should I use solid walnut or not? Would you use solid walnut for floating shelving to built your own library?
3) This is relative to how to anchor the unit to the wall. I was thinking to anchor (with what is to be determined) the left side of the left unit and the right side of the right unit to the recessed wall. The middle unit would be attached to the adjacent side from the left and right unit. Would it be ok?
Those are my main questions at the moment, but I am confident if this project goes ahead (and so far it seems it will) I will then have more questions.
I hope you will be able to help answer my questions. In advance thank you for your input, advice, comments and whatever I did not think of.
PS: If this topic is more appropriate in another forum please let me know.