So I finally designed the bookcases for my house:  standalone cases not built-in shelves, but they're to be screwed into the studs with L-brackets.  They're tall (70"), two are 3' wide and two are 4' wide, oak, most shelves 3/4" thick (officially 1", actually 3/4").  7 shelves for each counting the very top shelf.  An upright board on each side to hold the shelves, 3/4" thick and 11 1/2" deep.  No back.

Thing is, I went to buy the wood today, and couldn't help thinking as I loaded the wood:  OMG, this is heavy.  I'll brace them well on the studs, but... I hate to think of this shelf falling on someone, especially a child.  I usually try to prevent disaster by making it impossible:  say, unplugging the iron to prevent fire rather than trusting the off switch; that kind of thing.

Beginners like me often make things over-sturdy.  An expert might be able to make things lighter.  But I can't think what else to do to make these light.  1/2" thick shelves would be too flimsy.  There's already no back.  The upper shelves are less deep than 11 1/2", as they can be, since they're for smaller books.

If you know woodworking... is this pretty much what you would do?  Am I missing a way to make things lighter?  Or am I just being too paranoid?

I don't think racking is going to be a problem.  I've got facing planned at top and bottom which should take care of that.  I'm just concerned about making them safe for little ones to be around, and I know I'm an amateur.

Views: 115

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

If you screw (not nail) it into the studs it won't go anywhere.   The floor is holding the weight.  As long as you keep it on a short lease (little to no slack), it won't be able to tip very far, meaning there won't be any weight on the screws.  

Such an attachment should be of location about the apex of said shelving.

In addition, the opines of http://www.woodbin.com/calcs/sagulator/ would exist in a manner not without sagacity.

A lot more stable with a back. Good luck!

RSS

Latest Activity

Shane replied to John Muir's discussion Donald Trump Is A Greedy, Creepy, Ignorant Jerk in the group The Great Debate
"The SEAL died because that's what SEALs train to do. Literally. They're idiots who kill themselves in training on purpose. Beyond that, I don't take anyone seriously who cries "blameshifting" on a successful mission. Beyond…"
1 hour ago
Shane replied to John Muir's discussion Donald Trump Is A Greedy, Creepy, Ignorant Jerk in the group The Great Debate
"Who?"
1 hour ago
Carl Byrd replied to Michael D. Denny's discussion Urinating Outdoors
"I grew up in the country like many of you and peeing outside wasn't a big deal. I live in an apartment now. We are looking for a house in town. I can't believe the city and neighborhood rules in some of these places. Neighbors will call…"
3 hours ago
Nick DeChane replied to Michael D. Denny's discussion Urinating Outdoors
"I grew up in the country, so to me it was always a normal thing. When my brothers, cousins and I were younger we would have contests to see who could pee the farthest. Just beware when it's windy out!"
4 hours ago
Nick DeChane replied to Specs's discussion Real Men.
"I disagree with number seven. Men are aggressive by nature and while it isn't always needed, it's a valid way for men to settle problems. To quote Navy SEAL Ryan Job, "Despite what your momma told you, violence does solve…"
4 hours ago
Cletus Rothschild replied to Specs's discussion Real Men.
""And at the same time be prepared to maturely voice your opinions and have logical discussions.""
6 hours ago
blackjack replied to Brett McKay's discussion New Moderators
"it's so cool"
9 hours ago
Liam Strain replied to blackjack's discussion Development of the Automobile
"Dude. These are not discussions. You are copying and pasting entirely from other websites. Use the blog space if you just want to regurgitate wikipedia entries.  Or in this case "the Victorian…"
9 hours ago

© 2017   Created by Brett McKay.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service