How can I build a sturdy shelf out of pine boards?
I can build a shelf out of plywood, however, I don't like the look, finish or the edges.
I want to build a shelf out of 1/2" pine boards (comparable in certain respects to the butcher block look).
I don't have the ability to cut tongue and groove.
The term "butcher block look" for me refers to boards butted together to form one bigger piece.
It does not have to be made of 1/2 pine boards. It could be made of a thicker board, like 3/4". It will span about 4'. Supported on either end by 1"x1" or 2x4, etc.
This will support stereo, dvd player, toys - things of that weight.