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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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