Stronger Shelves

Stronger Shelves

Designing sag-proof shelves.

By Tom Caspar

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Have you ever heard a shelf groan?
Well, maybe not, but some shelves
look like they would if they could. So
much stuff gets piled on them that they
end up sagging like a limp noodle. It’s
not a pretty sight. A span that holds up
weight should look strong and sturdy.
Even a slight sag sends an unappealing
visual message.

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The ABCs of Holding Up Weight

This story originally appeared in American Woodworker October 1999, issue #75.

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