Well finally i get to do some woodworking ....even if it is only working with ply.
So Cherry being so expensive i decided these shelves aint worth any fancy stuff and i am going to wing it with the toner when i spray the units so they will look cherryish when i am done or tough whatever color turns out.
So project is to build two units to go on top of desks, to offer some better use of space, storage of files and books and get to hide clutter. One unit is for my son at University and the other for me. Both going to be identical just to be economical on time and production and of course hey duplicate any errors in multiples.
Purchased Birch ply at our depot that looks "good enough" to be the victim for this project. Then had it cut with their Streiberg, heck why should i do it when they got the fancy panel saw.
Units will be 47" wide finished dimension outside and 48" high either side leg. Backer board is going to be hardboard.
Sides will be 16 wide at the base, narrow to 12.5" at a height of 17" up from desk at angle of whatever strikes the fancy. Winging it.
Going to put some real Cherry (oh i got loads of these kinds of pieces after buying a tree ) strips on the face to support the shelves hoping this adds strength and appearance and support over 46" span.
Plan is stopped dado for shelves after re reading the debate over depth they going in 1/4" done.
Shelves are 12" wide so the half inch extra is to be the thickness of the front face Cherry strip.
All shelves will be fixed and glued via dados.
Plan on putting some very shallow small draws in at 17" height mark by just putting two shelves close together and some dividers. No fancy rails etc these draws will just slide in and out on the shelf.
Questions requiring family assistance.......do i put hardwood strips on edge of shelves before or after fitting to sides.
How do i secure strips to shelves? My plan was after and to use glue and brad nails but thought i would check first with the people that know.
Then do i brad nail the shelves in as well as dado glue? I want to move this along smartly its not a commission although youngest son thinks he is commissioning me with a free job simply because he is supplying some of the labor.
I plan on putting a 3" strip across top and bottom at rear connecting to sides together just for the if in doubt build em stout part.
How much finish as in spray on water poly (Enduro) do you guys think i would need for two units with 4 shelves. Just a guestimate. I have one full quart but i am thinking this aint enough. Not looking for it to be 5 layer lets remember this is strickly functional shelving not fine furniture but i do need enough layers to get the tone to change. Plan on mixing some general cherry stain i have with the enduro like i have done once before.
Looking to make this a max two day job its all i can spare right now.
Pics will follow as we progress ....drawing is in head and on paper with pencil so sorry no sketchup pics.
Oh and any other advice would be a bonus if it arrives in time,,,,,,wish i had posted a few days ago but time is my enemy right now. Thanks