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Old 04-16-2008, 10:53 AM   #1
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I am redoing my closet. I have decided to use the 12 inch wide melamine coated particle board. First, is this the correct decision relative to 12 inch pine boards. Second, what is the maximum length I can go without using supports. I am looking at 44 and 48 inches. If I have to support beteen these widths, I will have supports on adjacent studs. Thanks for the input.

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You didn't say how thick the Melamine panels were, but assuming they are 3/4 inch, I have no doubts that they will sag if left unsupported over about 30 inches.

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Yep, 3/4 inch, and thanks for the input.
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Agreed, they'll sag. You really need a lot of supports with that product.
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Looks Nice at First. Center Support is a good idea if using.

With Heavy Use putting more work into it and going with solid wood SPF maybe a good choice also as the melamine does scratch blister and warp if subject to moisture.

It is very user friendly and with light use and one center support may be a good choice.
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Have not tried this but someone mentioned that damaged counter-tops can be purchased for next to nothing and ripped on a table saw for a durable inexpensive shelving.

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