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Learning about wood movement.

I understand about tabletop wood moment and using fasteners.
After looking at random tables, do I need to worry about movement on the back and sides of shelves? Is their a correct way to build backs and sides like in this picture?
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A lot depends on the width of the wood. The smaller the width the less impact it has on wood movement. The cabinet you have shown appears to be in the 12"to 14" range so at most it might shrink 1/16". That might not generate enough stress to cause it to split. If the cabinet were 24" deep then it might shrink 1/8" which would be enough stress to cause problems.
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I just read that shiplapped boards can be used on the back. How would a person attach to the shelf? Or Just us Plywood.

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I just read that shiplapped boards can be used on the back. How would a person attach to the shelf? Or Just us Plywood.
You would attach the shiplap siding to the shelves with nails only without any glue.

There really isn't a back side to shiplap siding. They don't really fit together, there is about a 1/8" gap between the boards when assembled. It's not practical to use for shelving or a cabinet back. If someone wanted solid wood they would be better off with tongue and groove flooring if only one side showed. Another option would be to do the tongue and groove work on what ever dimension lumber you can get. Yet another option if you didn't mind grooves in the wood you could use beadboard lumber or car siding.
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