Cedar Book Shelves
I have several live edge 1″ thick eastern cedar planks approx 6 feet long. My plan is to use some other cedar for the uprights and use 5″ dowels to connect a five shelf book case.
My plans would make the unit approx 5 feet tall.
I am concerned about stability. Do you think I will need to have some kind of bracing across the back side?
Depending on the weight this will be carrying and the diameter of your dowels this could be a house of cards waiting to collapse without bracing or back panels.
Half lap joint !
Understand, that is why I asked. I plan to use 5 inch dowels so the dowels will be completely through the shelf and 2 inches into the upright. Do you think that is sufficient?
I always have the option of using a couple of the extra shelves as horizontal braces on the back of the unit.
We will use this mostly to display items/antiques collected during my years in China and The Philippines.
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