That is how I would have done it. Well I may have rabbeted the side rail for the top but regardless, its strong enough
With modern day wood working, the idea of joinery really is more or less a fan club. Similar to ford guys or chevy guys. Each believe theirs is the strongest, longest lasting.....yada yada yada. At the end of the day, both can tow 5 ton boats, and last a good while.
Thw way I see it, the top load of anything placed on top of that shelf will be transferred directly into the side rail.
the only reason I say I would have rabbeted the side rail where the top meets is because if it ever were loaded until failure from the top, the thinnest cut of the rabbet along the top where it meets the sides is probably where it will fail.
But honestly and realistically, that will never happen because of the amount of force needed.
I bet....well I should probably check the dimensions, but if your pics are relative to actual size, I bet that shelf could take a load well over 300lbs while resting on the ground before you hear buckling. Wall mounted is a different story ...Do you feel like smashing it?
lol just kidding.
Last edited by micheal1; 05-11-2015 at 12:08 AM.