Advice on wood to use for shelves.

Reply

  #1  
Old 04-29-16, 08:21 PM
N
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2016
Posts: 8
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Question Advice on wood to use for shelves.

I am going to be building "floating" shelves in my room to hold my DVD's. I have just under 500 in total, and want to make the shelves about 3.5 feet long, hopefully an inch thick, and about 5.5-6 inches deep. I plan on allowing 8 inches between each shelf.
I plan on just using simple brackets to hold them up, and will be getting drywall anchors for support as I won't hit the studs.

My question is what kind of wood should I use for this?
 
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 04-29-16, 09:27 PM
PJmax's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Northern NJ - USA
Posts: 59,069
Received 1,109 Votes on 1,029 Posts
Welcome to the forums.

I moved your thread to the woodworking section.

I can't help you on the choice of wood to use but why can't you catch the studs ?
CD's are extremely heavy

The studs are usually 16" on center and your shelves are 41" long. There shouldn't be a problem catching two.
 
  #3  
Old 04-30-16, 02:46 AM
M
Forum Topic Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: USA - N.E.Tn
Posts: 47,640
Received 316 Votes on 280 Posts
Any particular reason for wanting floating shelves? IMO building a cabinet would be a lot stronger. I agree you need to secure the shelves to the studs, not the drywall!
 
  #4  
Old 04-30-16, 03:15 AM
chandler's Avatar
Banned. Rule And/Or Policy Violation
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 39,967
Received 6 Votes on 6 Posts
I agree with Pete and Mark on hitting the studs. There would be no reason not to. As far as what material to use, I would use 1/2 or 3/4" plywood (AC or Sandeply) and band it on three sides with 1x2 pine or oak (choice). The plywood would be more stable and the banding will keep it from distorting or sinking in the middle. You could use 1x12 dimension lumber, but it could prove a little less stable over time in a floating situation. Do you have plans for end stops in your design? Cd's are slippery and definitely won't stand on end, so making a cabinet, or at least some sort of stop on the ends would keep things in relative order.
 
  #5  
Old 04-30-16, 10:18 AM
C
Member
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 1,821
Received 96 Votes on 75 Posts
I'm a bit confused with the terminology. In my mind a "floating" shelf has no visible brackets. Typically they are built as shallow boxes supported by hidden cleats.

If you are looking to build simple wooden shelves supported by an L bracket it depends on your skills, available tools and budget. If you want utilitarian I would probably just buy 6"X oak boards at a big box. Break the edges, apply stain and a coat of poly and you are done. You can add gussets to the ends to keep your stuff from falling off.

I would not trust the shelves if they are not secured to studs.
 
  #6  
Old 04-30-16, 10:25 AM
XSleeper's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: USA
Posts: 25,993
Received 667 Votes on 617 Posts
Don't know why you want them to be 1" thick, but the length and thickness you want reminded me of premade oak or pine stair treads. They are 11 1/4" wide but you could cut them to the width you want.
 
  #7  
Old 08-10-16, 11:48 PM
N
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2016
Posts: 8
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
This is all done, I made some shelves out of 1x4. I used two boards for the left and right, and then got it all put together in a corner. I got enough space to put more DVD's.
Also put in two brackets to keep it from being tipped over.
 
  #8  
Old 08-10-16, 11:56 PM
N
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2016
Posts: 8
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Here is a quick picture of it.
Name:  shelves.jpg
Views: 96
Size:  50.2 KB
 
  #9  
Old 08-11-16, 03:20 AM
pugsl's Avatar
Forum Topic Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: United States
Posts: 9,029
Received 74 Votes on 67 Posts
Good job and looks nice.................
 
Reply
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
 
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: