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Forum topic by LiveEdge posted 08-12-2014 09:51 PM 982 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-12-2014 09:51 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bookshelf question barnwood

I’m hoping to make a bookshelf combined with a dog nook out of reclaimed barnwood. I’ll include a quick sketchup at the bottom. (Forgive the novice sketchup attempt. I can’t figure out why those two panels are invisible, but it does allow for a peek inside.) A few questions.

I’m mainly thinking of using 1×6 for the vertical components and 2×6 for the horizontal components other than the very top.

1) At 74” high (there is a two inch gap between the floor of the dog nook and the ground), will 1×6 have enough heft to keep the piece stable?
2) Would you install the shelves with hardware, or rest them on a small crosspiece (1×2 or the like)?
3) Any better ideas for hiding/moving piece ends? Because it’s barnwood, one has to be aware what edges are showing from cuts you make. For example, I’ll have to stain/distress, the top arc piece. I’ll include a picture of the type of wood I’m using (it was from a tannery so the wood is much darker than typical and doesn’t have a gray patina).

Any other suggestions for problems you forsee would be excellent. Measure twice, cut once, right?

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#1 posted 08-13-2014 04:03 AM

A dog nook !! What a great idea ! That must be one learned dog.

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#2 posted 08-13-2014 05:21 AM

We’ll, he must be smarter than I am because I’m not sure of the answers to my questions. :)

One more question, which I think I know the answer to, would be whether I can just glue the entire structure or if any joints need more. I think they may also have some old tongue and groove wood which might be great for the sides.

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#3 posted 08-13-2014 05:59 AM

That’s some great looking wood. Love the rustic look.

When I do shelves I like to use a dado blade on the verticles for the shelves to rest in. I also use glue and a brad nailer to put it all together and of course, square everything up. But thats just me.

Pampered pooch huh??

Good luck…...............

-- mike...............

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#4 posted 08-13-2014 09:42 AM

I can’t answer for certain whether the 1” x 6” vertical pieces will hold it stable though if secured top and bottom and applied one against the other they should function almost the same as a full fixed back and should be stable.

As for how to apply the shelves, if you fix at least one of them in the middle e.g. dado, that along with the shelf at the top of the dog house section and top and bottom of the entire structure will provide increased stability.

Are you also trying to figure out if the shelves will be stable or require additional cross support? That depends on the wood type, thickness and planned weight on the shelves. Here is a handy calculator (sagulator) to figure out how much sag you can expect:


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#5 posted 08-13-2014 03:21 PM

I think the dado is a good idea for the middle shelves. I’ll probably do at least one, if not all of them that way.

Sagulator checks out. I’m always a bit nervous when I just draw up a piece of furniture out of thin air, but it seems like this may be simple enough that it will work.

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