Rail and Stile Construction
Hello, I am drawing up a shoe rack (36 x 36 x 15)
And would like to make it with rail and stile joinery for the sides.
The stiles will be 2 1/2 wide 3/4 thick and will run from the floor to the top with four rails, dadoed on inside to accept the shelves.
What size plywood should I use for a panel? 1/2 or 3/8?
If I use 1/2, would I be able to rabbet the plywood to fit the grooves in the rails and stiles (3/8 max), or just use 3/8 plywood?
I have seen the plywood panels glued into the grooves, and also have read that you shouldnt glue the plywood panels. Which way is correct?
As for the shelves, I was thinking 3/4 plywood with iron on edge banding on the front of the shelves. Would 3/4 plywood shelves be strong enough across a 36 shelf without a brace in the center? Only going to be shoes on the shelves.
If plywood will not be strong enough for the shelves, I will use solid wood.
This is my very first commissioned piece for a client, and would like to do it right.
Thanks for any guidance or direction that you might offer.
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