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Old 05-28-2013, 04:04 PM   #1
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What would be the best wood to build this rack out of? (red square)

I need it to be strong and unlikely to break, since i would be putting real (read: HEAVY) china plates on it. I dont want the vertical supports to snap and drop the dishes since they are a crazy expensive brand. What type of wood would be the strongest? And do they sell it in precut dowels?

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There is no precut dowls, they will need to be cut.
I drill the holes with a forister bit so they did not go all the way through.
I would not trust those thin shelves without a piece of at least 1 X 2 across the front as a face frame or use laminitated shelving boards.

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Those shelves arent mine, i found the pic on a blog. My own shelves are laminated shelving boards sold predone at HD. If i make one of these racks it will only hold about ten plates, but that real china is heavy.

But still, what species of wood would be best?
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I don't think you have any choice with wood dowels. Poplar usually? But honestly, at the angle those plates will be sitting and what you're asking the dowels to do, they don't have to be especially strong. Standard dowels the size of pencils should be fine.

Ironically, these are called "hardwood" dowels, and says it's made of pine.
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Ditto on the Poplar. When you said "rack", 7th grade Shop class came to mind, and all the racks we built out of Poplar.
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I wouldn't do wood. Use metal rod.

Get something about 1/16" in dia....then dip them in rubber...like Plasti Dip....which comes in white.

http://www.plastidip.com/home_solutions/Plasti_Dip

Then...the board that you have for the plates...drill 1/6" holes in them...push the rods in.
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Oak is about the strongest wood you will commonly be able to buy, red oak is usually a little cheaper but has a more open grain than white oak.
I have to kind of chuckle about the weight a bit, those dishes are nothing compared to what I'm used to. Here's a shot of two shelves in my bedroom, if you want to talk weight the top shelf has about 185# on it, and the bottom shelf has about 125# on it, the wood is 1-1/2" thick x 6" wide solid walnut.
And before anyone says anything about how it's held up, those brackets are screwed into the wall studs with 4" long deck screws, and behind the sheetrock is a 1/2" layer of CDX.
Don't underestimate the strength of a wood board, DO overestimate the strength of MDF and particle board.

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So you have these two guys watching you all the time while you are trying to sleep? Or while you are doing other things that we can't mention cause this is a family forum? They also look negatively stable sitting there. No kids, I assume?
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i have to agree - my 4yr old nephew would have that middle statue destroyed in a matter of seconds. The only way my trailer has survived his wrath is by giving him a screwdriver, a screw, and some tiny blocks of wood to keep him entertained. Even then we are constantly yelling at him to get off the drywall, stay off the cabinets, leave the trim alone, yadda yadda yadda. As a matter of fact he is out there right this second...
I think maybe ill try my luck with Poplar... it would have to be painted to match my kitchen, and as ive been told, its a crime to paint oak. Ive never seen metal dowels, but then again ive never looked either, ill look and see what i can find
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BTW - i was never concerned about the board of the shelf breaking, if it can hold 275lbs, it can hold my dishes. I was concerned about the dowels breaking, and letting the dishes fall. They will be stored on a shelf that is about 6' off of the floor, so if they fall, theyre history, and they will be expensive to replace. They were some older couple's wedding gift china, they left it behind when they moved and since i was paid to clean out their house, i kept them. But i have researched them, and theyre available at Macys but they are approximately $25 per plate.
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If you secure and support the dowels on both ends they will be a lot less fragile.

Something like one of these...
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