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Need help with a built in shelf project

by PeteK
posted 01-29-2017 09:32 PM

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#1 posted 01-30-2017 01:47 AM


My inclination would be to build the two flanking towers that will receive doors as separate free standing units. Then the twin towers could be connected in the front and back with rails. If the vertical posts making up the towers are 2” x 3”s, a mix of 4” screws and 3” screws could be used as fasteners and thus keep the front, back, and side rails of the towers flush. Also the same screws could be used to attach the 2” x 4” or 2” x 6” center section rails to the towers, again keeping things flush. If 2” x 4” posts are used for the towers, the 4-1/2” screws instead of 4” screws would be required. The screws would run through the edge or face of the post into the end of the rail. These long screws could be avoided if half lap joints are used to connect the rails to the posts.

Since the floor is not level, the tower posts could be outfitted with levelers. The link shows various types that might work.

A back rail could be used to fasten the shelf unit directly to the wall. Predrilling the concrete with a hammer drill and properly size drill bit would allow TapCon masonry screws to be used. At a minimum, installing some sill sealer between the shelf unit and the concrete could help keep moisture from the concrete entering the wood and thus help keep mold at bay.

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