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Posted on looking for pointers on my bookshelf design

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#1 posted 01-18-2018 09:58 PM

IMO, the ply back and the X bracing will give you adequate stiffness throughout the entire piece without depending on super strong joinery. So, I think that pocket screws would be OK. However, having said that, I think you should use this project as an opportunity to learn some better joinery techniques and, perhaps, obtain some additional equipment. A dowelling jig is not necessarily expensive and the skill level to make dowel joints is not huge. M&T joints are a little more difficult, but well worth learning to do. And, you need nothing more than and hand saw, chisel, and hammer to do it if you don’t have power equipment.

My opinion is that your design would look a bit better if the legs were somewhat heavier; even if you did nothing more than make a face frame.

I would make the X braces with a shiplap in the center. My first thought is to use biscuts or dowels to fasten the ends. Counter sunk screws with wood plugs would also work.

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