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Hi, new to any forum so have patience. Im replacing a railing in our house with a pony wall with built in shelves. Its going to be about 12" wide and 8' long, my plan is to build 2 frames out of 2x4 and frame shelves in, its going to be painted and i dont know what type of wood will paint best. Unsure of mdf and im on a budget, so recommended thickness and type would be appreciated. Apologize for vagueness.
 

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vagueness!

Well maybe. :blink: :laughing:
2 X4's are clunky. I wouldn't use them. I would make 3 separate cases, 32" wide each. Attach the shelves through the sides and back and don't make them all the same height from the bottom. If they are different spacing, an item may fit on a taller shelf. I would use Aruco ply, it's a good grade of Pine plywood and will paint up nicely. You can use particle board, but it's heavy, doesn't have a lot of strength for shelving, makes a lot of dust when to sand or saw it, and will take several coats of paint to seal it up nicely. I would not use it myself, although I have in the past for utility shelving where appearances didn't matter, like garage storage.

You can use iron-on edge banding or glue on some narrow strips to the edges to clean them up. Where the cabinets join to one another in the center, there will be double thickness. You may want to double the 2 ends to have them match, I would.

The reason I would makes separate cases is primarily for strength, no frame needed. Shelves have a limited span before they sag and 32" is the maximum for 3/4" plywood. By putting a back on each case, you will greatly increase the strength, or you can assemble them as one piece, and put a back of 1/4" on the entire unit all at once.
 

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Hi, new to any forum so have patience. Im replacing a railing in our house with a pony wall with built in shelves. Its going to be about 12" wide and 8' long, my plan is to build 2 frames out of 2x4 and frame shelves in, its going to be painted and i dont know what type of wood will paint best. Unsure of mdf and im on a budget, so recommended thickness and type would be appreciated. Apologize for vagueness.
MDF would work fine if you are sure it wouldn't get wet. You would also need to put in more dividers and make shorter spans with the shelves than if you are using plywood. After all, MDF is just a thick sheet of paper. I think 2x4's should be left for wall framing and don't have a place in cabinet. You could build the entire thing with 3/4" plywood or MDF and use 1/2" material for the back. If a faceframe on the front would match up better with your house you could use 3/4"x2" clear pine but the bottom rail should be 3 1/2" to 4" wide.
 

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plans lol

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worst plans ever, but since its a pony wall replacing a railing above entryway, it needs to be structural and the only thing that makes sense to me is framing it like an actual wall, 2'or so on center, then coming out about a foot and doing the same thing, putting 1x2 in across front to back where shelves will sit, plywood front and back with cutout openings for a seamless front and using 1x12 or or something for shelves, or I was gona drywall and trim around shelf openings. however I hate mudding things and am not the best at it. I know I sound like the worst carpenter but I have a vision lol
 

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worst plans ever, but since its a pony wall replacing a railing above entryway, it needs to be structural and the only thing that makes sense to me is framing it like an actual wall, 2'or so on center, then coming out about a foot and doing the same thing, putting 1x2 in across front to back where shelves will sit, plywood front and back with cutout openings for a seamless front and using 1x12 or or something for shelves, or I was gona drywall and trim around shelf openings. however I hate mudding things and am not the best at it. I know I sound like the worst carpenter but I have a vision lol
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You could make it with just cabinetry, or do it framed out as you described. It would be substantial either way, but the looks would be different.









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