Got a "non-typical" shelving question, I think.
Want to build pantry shelves with some maple I got from a local
manufacturer. The maple pieces are roughly 4 - 5 feet long and
about 3 - 4 inches in width, they are 1" in thickness. I was thinking
of making individual
shelves with this. The choices are to lay the pieces like
slates, anchored into something and about 4 feet long. The
slates - would have to be about 7" wide, as that's all I
have to make them. So the would across the face of the
wood, that would mean 2 or 3 boards across, depending on
final milling. Underneath I'd strengthen the planks with
some cross pieces.
The other alternative, would be set them on edge and
group them via a dowel every so foot. There probably would
be 5 to 6 to a shelf. They would be slightly apart, held
by dowels or other rods.
Given this is a pantry, I was wondering which would be
stronger? Mostly dry goods (packages of rice, flour, the assorted
canned olives, salsa, salad dressing. Nothing super heavy or
a lot of canned items.
Any thoughts of which would be stronger?