Any problem with shelf pin holes going all the way through a plywood cabinet

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Forum topic by MrStyle posted 06-11-2017 01:59 AM 2138 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-11-2017 01:59 AM

I am in the process of making some built in cabinets and just drilled a series of shelf pin holes in the first base cabinet carcase. Unfortunately, the plywood had a bit of a void where my pin holes ended up so when I sanded – the plywood collapsed a little.

No big deal since I can flip that side so it will never be seen since it will be up against a wall.

My question is – after flipping the board to the other side and using my hole drilling jig, I ended up with the holes pins matching perfectly with the original side – so now I have two holes that go all the way through the board.

Any issue with this ? I stopped after these 2 holes – so I can recover a few different ways if need be – but anyone see any issue with having holes that line up and therefore are all the way through?

The shelves will not be supporting anything really heavy.

Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 06-11-2017 02:01 AM

I wouldn’t worry about it.

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#2 posted 06-11-2017 02:07 AM


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#3 posted 06-11-2017 02:21 AM

Redundant answer….......I wouldn’t worry about it but maybe reassuring to you. :)

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#4 posted 06-11-2017 02:43 AM

No reason to worry, but if it bothers you, just plug the originals before you drill the new ones.

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#5 posted 06-12-2017 02:06 AM

As long as the pin fits tightly in the hole; no problem. Reason: The vertical component of the load is the weight of the shelf and it’s contents divided by 4 (the number of pins). The horizontal component of the load is zero.

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#6 posted 06-12-2017 02:37 AM

You might take note of where you bought your plywood and avoid that source in the future. I once bought a sheet of fairly expensive Birch plywood from Lowes to construct a pair of matching painted bookcases. After ripping the pieces to width, I started to cut 1/4 inch dadoes for the shelves. The inner layers were so rotten that the material just fell apart. Nowadays, I hesitate to buy any sheet goods from a big box store, no matter what they look like.

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