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#1 posted 09-27-2018 05:41 PM

I think you will be fine with a 31” span as long as the plywood is reinforced front and back with the slats. Of course you need to consider how much weight you are going put on them. Sixteen inches deep is an odd size for the shelves. Unless you have a specific purpose in mind I think you will find that you will lose a lot of stuff in the back of those deep shelves. The standard for shelving is 11 1/2”. Why, because you can get 4 out of a sheet of plywood, accounting for kerf and trim., and it is not to deep to find stuff. To ease construction I would make the horizontals continuous and pocket screw the verticals. Use either cleats or dadoes on the sides to support the shelves. I would also add a plinth to get it up off the floor, or bring that bottom shelf up higher, you are going to have to lay on the floor to find anything in the back of the bottom shelf, esp. if they are 16”.

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