Choosing wood for a shelf
September 19, 2011 12:58 PM Subscribe
I want to build a shelf like this
. I have no idea how to build a shelf like that. I am a complete noob and really dumb questions are inside.
posted by dobbs to home & garden (11 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Okay, so I already have the poles and the braces. My questions are just about wood and load and such.
I'd prefer to have a really long shelf (9 - 10 feet) with a pole on either end. However, I can of course break it up (2 sections 4.5 feet each or whatever, like on that site).
If I want to go with one long board, how thick a board do I have to get to make sure it doesn't bow. I will be putting DVDs and books on these shelves, and maybe plants (though that's not mandatory). Is it stupid to just have one board the full length?
Do you have specific recommendations for types of wood and thickness and such?
Presently, I have some pine that is 12" deep by 1.5" thick by 4' 5" long. However, the wood is so thick it makes the space look congested which is why I was thinking of going to nine feet long to remove the middle pole.
If it's safer to go with the 4'5" width, I'd prefer to go to thinner board... in which case, any recommendations?