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Old 03-05-2012, 09:32 PM   #1
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i had a carpenter build me pantry shelves. i asked for 1/2" lip on top and he also added 1.5" lower lip which i didn't want. he says it's for stability. is he right? now i have to turn some bottles sideways to get out because of that lower lip.



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It might be stable but it's ugly.
A piece of 1-1/4" with a 3/4 " dado cut through the middle of it will give you a 1/4" lip on the top and the bottom and lots of stability.

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It does add stability, but you don't need it to hang down that much. I usually use an 1-1/4 piece and flush it on the top of the shelf, sometimes 1-1/2 depending on the length of the shelf. Your carpenter used 2-3/4" , that's over kill.
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Not sure how long the shelves are, or how thick the plywood is, (3/4" is best), but from the picture the plywood is going the wrong way. You need the strength, (and the grain of the majority of the plies), going the length of the shelf. That would have needed less reinforcing.
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Not sure how long the shelves are, or how thick the plywood is, (3/4" is best), but from the picture the plywood is going the wrong way. You need the strength, (and the grain of the majority of the plies), going the length of the shelf. That would have needed less reinforcing.
i originally asked for pine shelves, and the contractor did a switch a roo and gave me the 3/4" plywood instead, saying that it's stronger than pine. i would not hire this company again.
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i originally asked for pine shelves, and the contractor did a switch a roo and gave me the 3/4" plywood instead, saying that it's stronger than pine. i would not hire this company again.
Me either. It's up to the contractor to provide what you pay for, not whatever he wants. Making suggestions is perfectly normal, but not doing it his way instead of yours. Have him come back and change it or refund your money. If he refuses, spread the word.

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