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Old 03-08-2012, 01:21 PM   #1
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Going to be installing some shelves in the pantry and my kids closets in our new build. Need some help picking out the best materials. For the shelves I am planning to do mdf with a poplar edge band. Just don't know what to use for the cleats. Was thinking about 1x2's but they are so hard to find ones that are straight. I guess I could rip down some 1x6 or 1x8. Any thoughts or experience?

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if your using mdf for the shelves, just use mdf for the band. your going to need stock for cleat stock , rip up twice as much cleat stock from mdf and there the edge band.. only difference the edge band can get a routed edge to dress it up a little bit

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We get 1x2 in a primed finger jointed pine or MDF.
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Might want to make a pattern, drill holes and use pins in the pantry if the shelves are not to wide. This would allow you to adjust the shelves as needed.
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