Bookshelf supports

jxbrownFebruary 11, 2013

Should I attach the vertical supports for book shelves at 16" or 32" intervals? The previous house had 24" centered studs and I had installed an upright on each stud which seemed like a lot of metal. Since I've severely thinned the books, I don't need as much shelf space and have plenty of the vertical pieces to do the closer spacing if you think that is necessary. The shelves are veneered plywood so I'm hoping that they will be stiff enough for the wider spacing.

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brickeyee

"The shelves are veneered plywood so I'm hoping that they will be stiff enough for the wider spacing."

It mostly comes down to shelf thickness and loading.

Do a search for the 'sagulator.'

Plywood is not especially strong for shelves (half the layers are going the 'wrong' way.

Even a small ledger strip at the front edge can add a lot of strength.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2013 at 9:57AM
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jxbrown

Thanks! The sagulator did the trick.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 12:44AM
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