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#1 posted 01-09-2021 06:43 PM

Collection of thoughts.

Because it is floor to ceiling you will either need to build it in place or make a separate toe kick that can slide in after the shelves are installed.

To keep the uprights straight and supported you need to put in at least one permanent shelf dadoed into the upright. Two over a 12 foot height would be better.

The face frame will help keep the plywood straight on the uprights and per MadMark a back panel attached to the uprights will add additional strength and stability. It isn’t clear from the photo if the shelves have face frames on them but that would help strengthen them against bowing and you could use plywood for them because the face frame covers the plywood edge. Even if it is only as wide as the plywood. Veneered plywood is less expensive than solid wood.

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