Understanding Sag-less Spans
Shelves that don't sag are the goal for any kind of shelving. Each material has a different span limit, the maximum distance it can span between supports without sagging or breaking under a load.
Solid hardwood has the best no-sag rating; however, some species are stiffer than others. Birch, maple, and oak are the stiffest, followed by ash, cherry, and walnut.
You can increase the stiffness of a shelf by sinking screws into it through the solid back of the case. Or, as shown below, add more strength and maintain adjustability by attaching a cleat or molding to the front of the shelf. Aprons can also be added under the shelf.Sturdy shelves: Aprons or additional pieces
Increase a wooden shelf's span limit by fastening wood-matched 1x2 aprons underneath (top) or simply by using two plywood pieces (bottom).Sturdy shelves: Railing
Cut a rabbet into a piece of solid molding and attach it as a rail that conceals the plywood edge and adds support.Sturdy shelves: Molding
Simply attach a 1x2 molding to the shelf's front edge. This method also hides the unsightly edge.
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- Choosing the Right Tool for Your Built-in Project
- Mastering Basic Woodworking & Carpentry Skills
- Joinery: Assembling Your Project's Wooden Parts & Subassemblies
- How to Finish Wood
- Easy Shelf Projects That Look Great
- Build a Bookcase to Fit Your Style and Needs
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