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post #1 of 4 Old 01-16-2016, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
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Edge Gluing Shelf

Sorry if this has been asked before. Newbie here and couldn't find it using search.

My wife wants a book/toy shelf for our daughter. She wants it around 14-16" deep so I am going to edge glue some 1x8s together for the shelving. The shelves will be about 44in long. My question is if edge gluing will be strong enough to hold the weight of books and toys across that span.

Im relatively new to woodworking and have made only a few small projects, but I know edge gluing is quite strong and I would assume that the glue will be more than strong enough especially since the shelves are going to be attached to the case with pocket screws

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Joining the wood wouldn't be a problem. You would have the same problem if you had a 16" wide board. 44" is really too long of a span. What would work better is if you made the shelf to where it sits on adjustable shelf pins or brackets and can be easily turned over. The shelf will just sag over time and when it becomes an issue turn it over.
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You mentioned you are building this in a case form. I'll assume the case has solid wood/MDF/Plywood sides you plan on using pocket screws to attach the shelf to. What about the back? Is it going to be enclosed in some type 1/4 inch plywood or is it simply going to be open where the wall can be seen behind it?

The reason I ask is, if the back of the case will have a plywood back, you can then glue a piece of wood to it that will offer support to the entire back edge of the shelf and then add a similar size piece of wood to the face of the shelf to strengthen it. That should make it much stronger and less likely to bend over time.
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Add a 1" X 2" edge to the front of your shelf to stiffen it up and it won't sag. Plus it will probably look nicer.
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