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srinia

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01-01-2019 05:23 AM

Topic tags/keywords: project wall shelving material

I am newbie. I am looking to create an open wall shelving as seen in the commercial at this link. Please scroll down to see the video which has the shelving I am referring to.

I need some help in finding the material that can be used for such installation. I am trying to find pretreated wood fit for this product.

An example would be the shelving at the this link.

I am ok with doing some cutting and painting but do not have all the tools need to start from raw lumber.

thank you for you suggestions…have a good one.


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#1 posted 01-01-2019 05:41 AM

I fear you may be tempted to use the melamine coated shelving sold at the BORG. Unfortunately, the melamine is very easy to chip, and hides particle board, which is a poor quality material. But at least it’s cheap, and can look good if you can avoid chipping it during cutting and assembly.

Maybe somebody knows of a better quality pre-finished shelving than the BORG’s stuff. ?

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#2 posted 01-01-2019 07:10 AM

For $109 bucks, why not just buy the bookshelf shown in the link you’ve posted?

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#3 posted 01-01-2019 02:41 PM

Maybe somebody knows of a better quality pre-finished shelving than the BORG’s stuff. ?

Yes, higher quality shelving can be had at the BORG, it is called “stair tread”. It can be had in both oak and pine and a full 1” thick. It will be too short for the verticals but you can overcome that by making two sets of shelves and stacking them on top of each other. That will come in handy if you ever move.

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#4 posted 01-01-2019 06:48 PM

Thank you for your suggestions here…

True. The Walmart shelf is my fall back option. I just want to know if there are better options wrt quality and expansion. ex: doors and drawers to add to it.

On suggestions related to BORG..Where can I buy them or find their catalog ? Sorry never heard of it before and all I could find is this site.

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#5 posted 01-01-2019 07:08 PM

BORG is an acronym for “Big Orange Retail Giant”. That would be the Home Depot. You can find supplies there or similar places like Lowes or Menards depending on what part of the country you live in (assuming you live in the US).

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#6 posted 01-01-2019 08:00 PM

Oh…Thanks for clarifying that.

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#7 posted 01-01-2019 08:25 PM

I’m all for making your own if you have the tools and other resources necessary to get the job done. But what you’re looking for would require tools that you say you don’t have. The shelf units in your link have 2” thick frames and spacers/dividers that are 5/8” to 3/4” thick and are made to look like walnut or other hardwoods. The lumber alone for such a shelf unit would set you back a good chunk of change. And then, you need the tools and the skill set to turn the wood into furniture.

Ikea, sells those same types of wall/shelving units pretty cheap and with the added benefit of being able to customize them with drawers and doors if you wish. And they’re cheap, are relatively easy to assemble and look good. They’re obviously not family heirlooms and won’t wear well, move well or last a lifetime but they serve their purpose just fine.

Now, I know that suggesting a visit to Ikea may be considered heresy on this site, but the alternatives for someone in your shoes are considerably more expensive. You’d need to invest in the tools and materials or go to a high end retailer or custom cabinet maker to get something that meets the form and function of what you say you’re looking for. Ikea is for the rest of the world.

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#8 posted 01-03-2019 02:31 AM

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this ripper. I will definitely be checking this out.

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#9 posted 01-03-2019 05:14 PM

Considering these planks are about 15 inch in width what hardware would be appropriate to hang them on walls. These will not carry very heavy items such as books but more for Blu-rays and dvds

I saw some brackets that are typically used on floating shelf installs. But those are recommended for 10 inch wide planks.

Any suggestions appreciated

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#10 posted 01-03-2019 06:12 PM



Considering these planks are about 15 inch in width what hardware would be appropriate to hang them on walls. These will not carry very heavy items such as books but more for Blu-rays and dvds

I saw some brackets that are typically used on floating shelf installs. But those are recommended for 10 inch wide planks.

Any suggestions appreciated

- srinia

If by “these planks” you’re referring to the Ikea shelf units, they’re really designed to be on the floor. If you needed to hang them on a wall you might be able to get away with a prefabricated french cleat that can be had at Home Depot.

You’ll need to figure out how much weight the combination of the shelves and what you plan on putting on them will amount to. The shipping weight listed in the package details suggests that the unit weighs in at around 100 lbs. The cleats are rated at 300 lbs. and can be used in combination for added support. That is, one along the top shelf and one along the bottom and you should be good to go.

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srinia

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#11 posted 01-04-2019 03:45 AM

I like the French cleat idea. Seems to be a perfect fit for this.

I will be using the material from the Walmart shelf I mentioned before.

Since this does not come with backing material. I need some suggestions for it. Though this will be against the wall, I feel having a thin layer of backing material nailed/glued into the shelf will help with the look.

Please suggest.

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#12 posted 01-04-2019 05:52 AM

HD sells a 1/4” birch plywood that might suit your needs for a backing panel. Finding a decent piece can be hit or miss but the good side is serviceable and will allow for a matching stain that can blend in well enough that it’ll be a fine match.

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#13 posted 01-05-2019 03:07 AM

Thank you once again.

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