How to enforce wooden shelf with steel strip


This can be done with hardwood strips, but it's definitely better to go with steel. But No, the strips should not be on the top or bottom, those won't do anything...the shelf is already the universal beam's flanges, you need to add the universal beam's vertical support.

The single piece full length strips of steel should only be applied (glued & liberally screwed) to the front face edge & the backside face edge, use as thick a strip as you can or double & triple them up. You can also use Angle or L-shaped steel. Try to keep 50kg the maximum load, but you'll have to gauge if it can take more & how close to center heavy items are, lighter items in the center is the best...

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I'm going to reinforce a 2.2m span of shelf made out of 18mm OSB bord with two 60*4 mm steel strips running underneath the board.

My understanding is that connection points would mostly have sliding forces when the shelf is bent under load, but I'm not sure.

I'll answer this from a structural engineer's standpoint (being that I am one).

What you're doing here is making a composite shape out of your wood shelf with steel reinforcement. As this shape bends, in order to behave compositely, you need to restrain the relative slipping of the OSB layer over the steel layer and develop what's called shear flow between the two layers.

The math behind the answer is beyond the scope of this SE, but I'll try to give you a belt-and-suspenders answer.

Screws are obvious answer, what size should I get and how many? Or would glue or rivets suit me better?

You have 18mm (~ 11/16") thick OSB and 4mm (~ 3/16") thick steel straps for a total depth of 22mm (~...

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Use pipe shorts (nipples), they're threaded on both ends and can be acquired in various foot lengths, and everything in between a 'close nipple' (~0") up to 18". But you should price check the cost of a threading verses a short, and which one would be less of a headache for you.

Or use EMT. For esthetics, use compression fittings and paint everything black.

Do not file away some of the OD and jamb a steel pipe into a fitting. You do not want it to fall on someone. For that same reason, do not use adhesive.

Although it would work, if you knew how to weld and owned a welder, I don't think you'd be asking this question.

I'm hip to decorative steel pipe, but only if it's threaded together. Using couplings that don't belong on steel pipe would scream "DiY project". And joining pipe together poorly would be poor form. If you're going to hang 3/4" steel pipe above my head, I expect to be able to do pull-ups off it. If you go with 3/4" EMT, then whatever. But if...

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How to Antique , Distress , Patina , Refinish , Paint a wood shelf. Or how to antique furniture with paint.
You will need:
1. Wood shelf or wood furniture of which you want to make look old.
2. Well ventilated area.
3. Scuff Pad
4. Spray paint, color of your choice.
I'm just a normal dude. I'm not a professional carpenter or furniture restorer. I had a wood shelf, which I think is from IKEA. My neighbor wanted to throw it away, so I said what the heck I'll take it. It had some sort of finish on it. It may have been a bit of stain and a very thin coat of matte polyurethane. Whatever piece of furniture you want to finish, you have to make sure to at least scuff the original finish or even completely strip it if it has a ton of paint or poly on it. Otherwise the paint won't stick. I got lucky here and this shelf didn't have much finish on it.
Now watch the video.
NOTE: Make...

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It's very easy to apply chemical finish remover to flat surfaces, but most furniture has vertical and curved surfaces, carvings, cracks, joints, and other areas that aren't as easy to work as their flat counterparts. Fortunately, pros and serious refinishing buffs have several tricks you can use to make the job go quicker.

Rungs, Rounds, Arms, and Legs

These furniture components are very hard to clean because paint and varnish removers don't stick well to their vertical or cylindrical surfaces. The trick is packaging. Apply a very thick coating of semi-paste remover to the rung, round, or slat; then fold a piece of aluminum foil over the part to enclose the remover in a package or envelope. The aluminum foil helps hold the remover against the part and also prevents the remover from evaporating too quickly.

The legs of furniture pieces are especially hard to strip because the remover -- aluminum foil or no -- will run down the legs onto your worktable. The...

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Even after you go through the whole chemical removal process, there may still be some spots of finish that refuse to come off. There are a few ways to handle these spots. The following are some of those alternatives.

Steel Wool

Steel wool is the best way to remove leftover spots from flat, round, and all easy-to-get-at areas. Dip some medium-fine (O) steel wool in chemical paint remover, and try to scrub the remaining finish off. If necessary, repeat the stripping process with another application of the remover. Once the finish comes loose, wash it off with water if it's a wash-away remover; rub it down with turpentine or mineral spirits if the remover contains wax; or, if the remover is neither washable nor waxed, rub it down with denatured alcohol. When the wool becomes full of old finish, throw it away and use a new piece.


If steel wool doesn't completely remove residual spots, try sandpaper, but be careful not to leave depressions in the...

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Anyway, after staining and sealing the shelves, I then needed to drill the spots that the cable would run through. So I chose a drill bit that was just a tad bit larger than the cable, marked my spots on each shelf and drilled through the wood.

Now, in order to prevent the shelves from sliding up and down the cable I used a metal stop (pictured, but more on that later). I didn't want these stops to be visible when looking at the piece, so I used a spade bit to drill a slightly larger hole on the bottom side of each shelf. This way the stop would sit up inside the wood and be concealed.

Of course you want to be careful that you don't drill too far and you want both sides to be drilled evenly. To do this, simply place a piece of tape on your spade bit and when the tape nears the top of the wood, you know to stop.

As long as you can still see your drill bit below your tape you keep going.

But when the tape meets the wood, STOP!

And here's what it...

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At the wood supplier's, get the chipboard cut in two square halves: it will make transportation easier, comply with the current project and save you some work. Also buy the strip of wood if necessary.


At the hardware store, get the shelving profiles cut to the measures of the chipboard halves. Show them your sketch of the double frame: You'll need 3 long sides and 5 short sides( 1 long side ( air side) is reinforced so it adds up to 3 long sides; 1 short side ( air side ) is also reinforced, plus the central reinforcement so it adds up to 5 short sides ).You can also buy the materials needed to make the 2 clamps if you had decided to follow this option . Show the people at the hardware store the clamp sketch as well.


Now get stuff and tools to your cabin or shed. Choose a corner, clear it up and start work.


Get your permanent marker and mark an "x" over the 4th hole at both ends of the inner vertical side of 1...

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Wooden wall shelves are both practical and decorative, and shelves with hooks are particularly useful. This type of shelf design is common in hallways, as it enables people to hang their hats, coats and scarves, as well as using the shelf for keys, purses/wallets and other objects. You are able to make these shelves as decorative as you like, assuming you have wood carving skills. However, this article will stick with the basic structure.

Step 1 – Prep Work

Write down the following measurements: the height that the shelf will be from the floor, the width of the shelf, and the height of the backboard. The piece of wood for the backboard is roughly the same size as the piece of wood for the shelf.

Step 2 – Cut the Wood

You will need a total of four pieces of wood: one for the shelf, one for the backboard and two triangular end pieces. If the shelf is very wide you will need a third end piece to place in the middle to prevent it from bending. Before...

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