Any advice on hardware and wood selection for corner shelf unit?

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Forum topic by makingashelf posted 07-17-2015 04:09 PM 697 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-17-2015 04:09 PM

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Hi, I’m new to the forum and was wondering if any of you had a good economical solution for the corner shelf unit specifications. I’m trying to pick a strong, economical wood and hardware to put the unit together.

What type of wood should I use? MDF? Some hardwood that won’t splinter?

How should I connect it? Hardware? Biscuit?

I’m trying to keep it simple so I can finish the job in half-a-day. I’ve seen hardware for floating shelves but they mostly get screwed into the wall and hidden. I have the luxury of being able to come in from the back to attach the shelves.

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#1 posted 07-17-2015 04:50 PM

You know what would be really neat is if you would move those shelves to the front of the cabinet, leaving a tall space behind, then put a tall sculpture, or a stained glass panel with light behind or, maybe, several sculptures or pottery up through the space on their own glass platforms with light from below .. or … The sculpture would be partially hidden by the books as if it’s a secret or something that you have to discover.

..Just dreaming out loud. Don’t mind me.

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#2 posted 07-17-2015 04:53 PM

MDF will not be the best option. It doesn’t have a great ability to hold with screws. For the system pictured. A cabinet grade ply and solid wood edge banding would be the cheapest and easiest way to get there. Looks like way more than a 1/2 day’s work in my world.

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