I am bulding some very tall bookcases, avg 94 3/4" tall out of
whiteboard pine. currently I am using 2x10s for the uprights. but they
are very heavy. I am wondering if 1x10s are strong enough. These are
going to be used for regular hardbacks not encyclopedias or anything
with that kid of weight.
Albert Stanley Hurdle (in email@example.com)
| I am bulding some very tall bookcases, avg 94 3/4" tall out of
| whiteboard pine. currently I am using 2x10s for the uprights. but
| they are very heavy. I am wondering if 1x10s are strong enough.
| These are going to be used for regular hardbacks not encyclopedias
| or anything with that kid of weight.
1x10 should be plenty strong enough.
DeSoto, Iowa USA
What is whiteboard pine - I've never heard of it.
The usual problem with bookshelves is shelves sagging, not uprights
failing. And that depends on the width of the shelves, as well as
material and thickness. And on whether they are attached to the back.
3/4" finished is plenty of strength for the verticals, but I'd probably make
them of something that finished 1" for visual reasons. A 3/4" vertical will
look a little stingy. It'll be the shelves that cause the problem. For 36"
wide shelves, a full inch or a little more, maybe 1 1/8" would be good for
the shelves. One good possibility for the shelves is pine stair tread: a
full inch in thickness, already bull-nosed when you buy it. Just spray it
with your finish, cut to length, and you're done.
On Sun, 19 Mar 2006 20:01:55 -0800, "Tom Dacon"
The shelves will also be 1x10s, 32" wide. There will be one fixed
shelf in the middle, dadoed, glued, and screwed to the uprights and
nailed through the back of the unit. The other shelves will be
supported by pilasters and clips in 3/8" deep, 5/8" wide dados routed
in the uprights.
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