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Forum topic by Ben posted 06-04-2020 11:55 AM 186 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-04-2020 11:55 AM

How do you all handle adjustable shelving behind doors?

I typically despise the look of a cabinet side riddled with pin holes, but in this case I have 18 shelves behind 12 doors to deal with and don’t care so much about aesthetics as quick production. This is more a utility/storage cabinet than.

I only have single 3/4” plywood vertical partitions between door sets. Is this enough to have two pin holes drilled into it from opposite sides? As of yet I don’t have any kind of pin jig, but would invest in one.

Alternatively, maybe the metal standards? But cost adds up and they also look a little clunky. Too late to flush mount them.

Any advice on hardware would be appreciate – type of pin, jig, or perhaps another option.


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#1 posted 06-04-2020 12:59 PM

If you know the general area the shelves will be mounted, then you can just drill 4-5 holes in those areas and leave the rest blank.
Whether the 3/4’’ plywood between the shelves is thick enough to drill both sides depends on the depth of the brackets you use. Of course, they must be 3/8’’ or under IF your plywood is a true 3/4’’ I think you can purchase a drilling jig for less than the cost of the metal standards. Good luck

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#2 posted 06-04-2020 01:10 PM

I built the WWA Shelf Pin Jig.and used it a number of times. You can Google it and find plans. I use it with a plunge router and down spiral router bit. I get no tear out and it is incredibly fast.t

I just finished two tall bookcases with oak plywood and worked great. I also did my shop cabinets with it.

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#3 posted 06-04-2020 01:37 PM

Before I got boring machine, I used a router and pegboard jig.

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#4 posted 06-04-2020 01:37 PM

Pegboard makes a good jig. Behind doors I would use the metal standards with clips. They come in many finishes.

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#5 posted 06-04-2020 02:03 PM

I did some restoration work on an old oak book case recently. It had an interesting adjustable shelf system made of vertical wood strips, about 1×2, in each corner. These were notched somewhat like box joints with double the space between the notches. These can be gang cut very quickly. A small 3/4” x 3/4” piece slipped into the notches spanning between the supports front to back. These formed the supports for the shelves. Of course, the shelf corners have to be notched out to accommodate the corner supports. “Here are some similar ones with angled “birds mouth notches.

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