Is PSE suitable for simple sturdy shelves?

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I need to put some shelves up. Budget is tight. Local timber yard sells
2" x 9" (50mm x 225mm) PSE for £7.56 per m.
https://www.gards.co.uk/product-range/pse-standard-grade

Would a sand and varnish be all that's needed for some sturdy shelves?

It would work fine if its redwood/pine not spruce/whitewood -which is used for carcassing and is lower grade

Bear in mind 2 x 9 redwood will cup and there will be splits along the middle probably.
 

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thanks, I've asked ... let's hope it's the good stuff.

reply just come in: "This is Softwood Joinery grade Redwood
This can be used for shelving"
 
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scaffold boards are cheaper and will be 9" rather than nearer 210mm
 
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thanks, I've asked ... let's hope it's the good stuff.

reply just come in: "This is Softwood Joinery grade Redwood
This can be used for shelving"

joinery grade softwood is redwood, pinus sylvestris. Joinery grade usually means unsorted (a mix of the top 4 grades) or more commonly these days 5ths (a bit more knotty). Which is fine for shelves, just bear in mind 50 x 225 may well have splits around the middle and will definitely cup (you can tell how it will cup, the smiley face will try and straighten up!)
 
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