Building Bookshelves to Last
How to support loads of any size and weight for years to come
Synopsis: Bookshelf design employs a delicate dance between two goals — strength and beauty. Factors such as shelf dimensions, stock thickness,and the method used to mount the shelves come into play. These guidelines by furniture maker Jeff Miller will help you build shelves that look good and are strong enough to handle a load of books. Included is a chart to help calculate shelf sag, and an introduction to an online program called the Sagulator. Miller also explains various methods for securing shelves. For fixed shelves, these include dadoes, rabbeted dadoes, biscuits, sliding dovetails, and screwed cleats. For adjustable shelves, mounting methods include shelf pins, hidden wire supports, and wooden and metal shelf standards.
From Fine Woodworking #190
Everyone can use a few more shelves. Indeed, in many homes, an available shelf can be as difficult to find as the TV remote. So if you build a set of bookshelves, they’ll…