I'm building a bookcase with four fixed shelves (plus the top). It
will be a total of 50" high and 30" wide.
The shelves will be sliding "half-dovetails." I've _tried_
illustrate below what I mean, but basically think of a dovetail with
only one angle cut in. I got the idea out of a design plan I bought,
but the plan was more of a Craftsman-style bookcase with slatted sides,
and I want solid sides.
The bookcase is being built out of flatsawn cherry (YOU try finding
rift/quarter-sawn!), and the sides will be a total of 12" wide.
So here are my two questions:
1. Because the wood is flatsawn, the grain patterns are harder to
match-up, so I would like to glue-up two 6" boards, rather than three
4" boards. I am doing this for the sides and the shelves. Because
this is flatsawn, am I setting myself up for problems with cupping/etc?
2. The reason I'm doing the half-dovetails, instead of simply dadoes,
is that I want the sides of the bookcase to be held together by the
shelves themselves. I am NOT gluing the dovetails, but rather pinning
them in the front to allow them to expand freely toward the back of the
case. However, am I running the risk that, because I'm using flatsawn
boards, that this whole thing is literally going to pull itself apart
Thanks for any help you guys can give...illustration is below.
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