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NewbieAsh

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02-06-2015 01:58 AM

Hi all! I am a total beginner, finishing my first project. I’m making some built-ins that sit an both sides of my piano. They have open-back shelves. I’m just finishing up but I’m looking for some advice. I have scribed the bookcases so that they sit flush with the wall, but the actual shelves themselves have a slight gap in the back. Is that a big deal? Should I scribe all the shelves, etc so that everything is flush or is it okay to have a slight gap? I feel like i wouldn’t even notice the gap, but my neighbor seems to disagree. Thoughts?

-- Ashley, lots to learn :)


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jumbojack

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#1 posted 02-06-2015 02:29 AM

If you don’t mind retrieving sheet that has slipped behind the shelf; go for it.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#2 posted 02-06-2015 02:34 AM

How big are the gaps? Small enough to caulk? That’s all I would do.
Caulk the backs, sides and everywhere it’s not tight. Use a color that either matches the cabinetry or the wall.

-- Because I'm gone, that's why!

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#3 posted 02-07-2015 01:01 AM

If the shelves are adjustable, I wouldn’t think twice about it. Once you start putting things on the shelves, the gaps won’t show anyhow. If they are fixed, use caulk as Iwud suggested, but only if the gaps bothers you. FWIW

-- Art

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#4 posted 02-07-2015 02:13 AM



Hi all! I am a total beginner, finishing my first project. I’m making some built-ins that sit an both sides of my piano. They have open-back shelves. I’m just finishing up but I’m looking for some advice. I have scribed the bookcases so that they sit flush with the wall, but the actual shelves themselves have a slight gap in the back. Is that a big deal? Should I scribe all the shelves, etc so that everything is flush or is it okay to have a slight gap? I feel like i wouldn’t even notice the gap, but my neighbor seems to disagree. Thoughts?

- NewbieAsh

Got pics?
Painted? Stained?
Many ways to do this.
Help us out and show us what we are dealing with.
Rick

-- I'll bulid your dream,you tear it down.

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#5 posted 02-07-2015 04:58 AM

Okay. So I will be painting them white. They are going on a wall that is a textured wallpaper, which would make caulking a little more difficult right?? The gaps are small, some smaller than others, but none bigger than probably a half or a quarter centimeter maybe?? I’m not home but will post pics when I get home.
Thanks for the advice all! I don’t think the gaps would bother me all that much, but wondering if I’ll regret not making it perfect!

-- Ashley, lots to learn :)

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#6 posted 02-07-2015 05:12 PM

I don’t believe you have a problem. Gaps as much as 1/2 to 3/4 inch will probably not be noticed by anyone.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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