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Which type of wood for a bookshelf?

Discussion in 'Wood / Woodwork / Carpentry' started by SirGalahad, 4 Oct 2019.

  1. SirGalahad

    SirGalahad

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    I want to make a desk top bookshelf that sits on my desk, something like below. What type of wood do I use, also what type of brackets do I need to fix it all together.

     
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    The one in the video is factory manufactured , ikea style .
    You could use mdf 18mm , easy to cut and finish , conti-board is probably cheapest but looks it.
    For my desk I used oak block board , quite expensive but looks it . Do you have a budget ?
     
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    Nope but my DIY skills are well, something that need working!

    The one in the vid - was just to show what I want to do. The desk is 120cm wide and 70cm deep.

    I will want it cutting from whoever I buy it from so all I have to do is attach the pieces.
     
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    Then mdf would suit , makes sure you allow material thickness in design .
    Can be screwed and glued together but screws must be piloted and kept 80mm away from edges to prevent splitting.
    Or can be pinned and glued , but either method is more stable if you apply a thin backboard to prevent distortion .

    Can be painted , varnished or oiled to finish .
     
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