Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Elizabethtown, PA
Attaching shelf panels legs / stretchers
I am building a set of shelves for my sister's pantry. The frame of the shelves is about done (see pic).. Just need to attach stretchers between the legs.
My sister is planning on having a counter top made for the top shelf, but the mid shelf will be MDF since the shelf will be painted. Originally I was going to cut the MDF to sit on top of the stretchers, but I decided to change it to sit flush with the top of the stretchers. I am not sure of the best way to attach the shelf.. My first option was to use pocket screws and screw the shelf panel into the legs and the stretchers and the stretchers in between the front and back legs will support it. I'm not sure if this will provide enough support at the edges of the shelf though (using 3/4" MDF).
The other option was to nail & glue cleats to the outside stretcher for the shelf to rest on with pocket screws on the middle supports to hold it in place. Which would be the better option? Or is there another way this should be done?