Shelf DesignDigital shelving design
The space for the shelves is 26" wide, but the plywood only comes in 24" wide or 48" wide. So I came up with this design which uses 1x2 strips on the sides and back, and 3/4" square hardwood on the front. But, of course, the hardwood comes in 1' increments as well, so I bought a piece of walnut and improvised a design around it.
Here are all the shelves installed, with the Stained Glass Lantern for a bit of color.
The shelves just rest on these little blocks. Easy to make, easy to install, and unobstructive if you want to remove the shelves temporarily.
Not the best finish, but good enough for a first try at furniture carpentry.
I didn't have the patience to clamp each shelf together individually, so the whole set was stacked and clamped as a unit. As you can see, there are gaps. Didn't have too much squeeze-out, so the shelves didn't stick together at least!
I wouldn't make any wagers on the strength of these joints, but they held up to the finish cuts, so that's good enough for now.