10:26PM | 05/03/02
Member Since: 05/03/02
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i have a 6 month old son and he'll be walking soon so im trying to find the best way to build wall unit open shelves for the kitchen. im getting sick of the cabinets and just want stable and sturdy shelves lining the walls. they cant be tippable tho! he will more then likely lean and pull on them so keep that in mind. thanks so much for any advice!!


02:27AM | 05/06/02
Member Since: 10/19/98
223 lifetime posts
To answer your question: Do not use adjustable shelves for the base shelves. They must be secured with nails or screws. Better yet, fit the shelves into a dado and use glue. Anchor the tops to studs in the wall.

Now for advice you didn't ask for. This is a BAD idea with a toddler. Better to put locks on the cab doors to keep the kids out. Its much safer!!

Mark Hammond

02:37PM | 05/06/02
Member Since: 05/09/01
246 lifetime posts
Open shelving is your own choice but bottom locked doors may be a good safety point. As to the construction of the cabinet you will need a top and bottom piece with rabbetted ends to catch the sides that will have dadoes for all the ends of the shelves to be installed. The dadoes will hold the shelves better than just nailing them. Use glue as well. Small strips of wood that are nailed and glued across the bottom of the top and the top of the bottom shelves can be used as nailers. You should be nailing into studs for good support......Mark Hammond


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