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Hello all,

I am in the process of designing a set of shelves to hold books & some other lighter items. Span will likely be in the neighborhood of 30". These are intended to be fixed shelves attached to the wall, so I imagine the rear of each shelf will be anchored at intervals. Shelf depth will be 11-12".

What materials should I be considering to keep the sag reasonable, if not minimal? I haven't used a ton of different materials in the past, so I'm unfamiliar with the virtues of different types of wood. I have used Lowes' "whitewood" pine boards and 1/2"-3/4" plywood, but I imagine this application might call for something sturdier.

thanks for reading!
 

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