Closet shelving cut too short


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Old 04-18-19, 10:13 PM
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Closet shelving cut too short

Hi. Sorry for a total newbie post.

So I am putting shelves up in my closet supported by cleats running along the sides and the back of the wall, and a steel bracket in the middle to prevent sagging. Stupidly, I cut the shelves about 3 inches too short length wise. I'm trying to figure out the best way to support the shelf since I now have one side that does not rest on a side cleat. I've read dowels or biscuits might do the trick. But I'm not quite sure.

The shelf is 0.7"(actual) thick maple plywood. The shelves will probably have 60lbs of weight on them (not including the shelf itself.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
 
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Old 04-18-19, 11:29 PM
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Use wood glue and pocket screws to put 3" back on. Or add two 2x4 cleats on top of your existing cleats.



 
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Old 04-19-19, 12:54 AM
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Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Old saying goes, measure twice, cut once!

Chalk it up to experience, get a new shelf, follow advice and use the fist one for another project!
 
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Old 04-19-19, 01:59 AM
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I'd also buy more shelving and save that short piece for something else. While you could use biscuits and glue to extend the length it would always be a weak spot and sometimes shelves get more weight set on them they we thought they would. If it's particle board shelving I would not even consider splicing it back together!!
 
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Old 04-19-19, 06:24 AM
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Hi, so you really need to make up 1 1/2 on each end, so a 2X4 and a 1X4 added to your supports on each end.
Geo
 
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Old 04-19-19, 11:08 AM
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Thanks everyone for all the advice and not making feel completely stupid (this was a pretty stupid mistake). I was hesitant to buy another sheet since it wasn't cheap. Looks like the SO will get the backyard herb garden shelving she's always wanted with the first sheet.
 
 

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