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#1 posted 01-24-2017 03:20 PM

What Bondo said.

Note that wood movement in conditioned spaces is often less than we worry about. Still, better safe than sorry. Me, I’d put two screws into each shelf board at each horizontal brace. The one on the outside would be just a straight screw hole. The one on the inside would go through an elongated hole. With a space between the boards (where the “key” used to be), any seasonal movement would be toward the middle of the shelf. Functionally, the shelves would appear to be “fixed”.

The same concept would apply to the top, but if the top boards are glued together (which seems a good idea), you would use straight holes on the middle board (not enough width to worry about) and elongated holes on all the outside boards.

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