You have TurboCAD? I have plans for a similar idea I am doing Right now.
See my post on the subject. Plywood and Pine was in my original Idea. Then
I discovered the
cost was almost the same for a solid wood cabinet! Of course I did find
some very cheap wood. Try to fit the dimensions for the Best use of the
Luan for the back would be cheaper. Just as an alternative. With 6 ft to
work with, 5 shelves (counting bottom?) may leave wasted space. How tall is
your average "stuff"? I settled on adjustable shelving.
Probably size/size comparison of MDF vs. Ply wood. 3/4 ply would not sag
quite as much as 3/4 MDF, but they would both sag @ 40" with canned goods on
them. You may want to think about something thicker/stronger.
2 doors would be fine. 1 would be rather big and unbalanced when open.
"Violin playing and Woodworking are similar, it takes plenty of money,
Most of the "stuff" that will be placed on the shelves will fit in 9" high
gaps, but I also need space for a few larger items. I think I can get away
with five shelves, plus the bottom. That gives me enough for four 9 or 10"
gaps, as well as two larger (~13" gaps).
Good point. After a little more research, I discovered a "rule of thumb" for
maximum shelf spans under moderate load (which matches mine) of about
- 3/4 MDF: 28"
- 3/4 Ply: 32"
- 3/4 Softwood: 36"
- 4/4 Softwood: 48"
- 3/4 Hardwood: 42"
- 4/4 Hardwood: 48"
This leads me to think that I'll either need to go thicker with plywood,
switch to solid wood shelves, or use some sort of braces mid-span.
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