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#1 posted 01-09-2021 04:37 PM

In the picture at least, it looks like the ceiling is vaulted which probably allowed them to pre-assemble and lean it up into place. If your ceiling is flat and you want it to go floor to ceiling, you will have to assemble in place. In the picture, it looks like the verticals are probably 1.5” thick so with plywood you would have to double them up to get the same look and put edge strips on to hide the plies. If you did not purchase cabinet grade plywood that may be one reason why you are seeing the warping you describe. Take it back and buy cabinet grade (or at least a better grade). You may not find that at Home Depot.

I don’t think it is a good idea to use shelf pins for the random shelves for this design. I would cut dados for the shelves and fix them in place in the “random” pattern. This will help keep the verticals flat by forcing everything to be parallel and make the entire structure into a single, solid unit instead of just several boards attached vertically somehow. Without internal structure, the long verticals will flex, making the whole thing sketchy, IMO. I would probably attach a top and bottom on it so that the ends stay straight, though that will change the look a little. Attaching shelves near enough to the top and bottom may be enough.

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