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Forum topic by lateralus819 posted 12-16-2014 02:02 AM 714 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-16-2014 02:02 AM

I’ve made a small book shelf. The top is 7.5” and the bottom about 9”. I want to attach a moulding to the top.

I was going to just put two dowels in but i got to thinking about wood movement and it causing issues. Would it be such an issue with only 7.5” of width?

Seen on the tops of the sides.


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#1 posted 12-16-2014 01:58 PM

I’d say the movement will not be a concern, but I’d also say the dowel is overkill. (I’m assuming the top cap is the molding your referring to)

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#2 posted 12-16-2014 11:34 PM

Yes it is Don. What would be “underkill”? How else would i attach it? Finish nails?

It would be end grain on the sides. That is why i figured dowels.

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#3 posted 12-17-2014 12:42 PM

note, I see nothing wrong with overkill, so dowels will work, but you could also just dado and glue or finish nail.

The piece looks great!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#4 posted 01-09-2015 03:25 AM

I built a set of built-n bookcases with plywood shelves, all covered with 3/4 inch molding. I pre-drill holes in the molding for small finish nails 16 or 18 size, and then nail it in. Bury head in wood, you wont see it.

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