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Forum topic by Reaper417 posted 02-19-2019 04:06 AM 312 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-19-2019 04:06 AM

Hey Guys,

Just a quick question. I have a few shelves that I use for collectibles. I need to widen my shelves. Should I use pine or plywood and if I use plywood how would I treat the edge. They need to be 15 inches. Any ideas would be great and thank you for taking the time to help me out…

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#1 posted 02-19-2019 07:06 AM

Weight is the biggest thing you didn’t mention.

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#2 posted 02-19-2019 06:41 PM

Getting 15” wide pine as one piece would be difficult to find to you will need to glue pieces together. Plywood would be less expensive (in most cases) and you have a wide choice of surface veneers.

The best way to treat the exposed edge of plywood is to glue on a strip of solid wood or you can get some of the self adhesive veneer (edge banding) made for this purpose. There are also vinyl decorative edging strips you can use. It is often used on MDF counters in RVs and the like. Search the internet for “edge banding”.

There are various was to add solid wood edges. I often use a strip slightly thicker than the plywood to make the shelf look thicker. It also gives me room for error during the glue up and I can sand it flush when finished. If you use a wider strip some people cut a dado grove in the center of the plywood edge and then make a tenon on the solid piece that locks into the dado with glue of course.

Steve…above…. mentioned weight and bowing of the shelf. This is often dealt with by adding a stiffener in the form of a skirt on the front and back of the shelf; which can also cover the edge of the plywood. If you use plywood for the stiffener you can join the shelf and the skirt with a miter joint that covers both edges at one time.

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#3 posted 02-20-2019 02:57 AM

Thank you. The items I’m putting on are light. I will use the banding and go with plywood. Thanks again

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