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Thicknessing and planing wide hardwood boards

Are there any other options open to me? There is one other option that you didn't mention. You can build a "router sled" to flatten wide boards. This is basically two rails on either side of the ...
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Can I handle bows and crooks with a hand plane?

Is planing their sides the best way to deal with the crooked boards? In general yes, planing would be fundamental to how one normally prepares boards for glueing up; preparing long edges would be one ...
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Improving sag resistance of MDF shelves

As clarified in the Comments, the back panel is thick enough MDF that fastening in through from the back is viable and that alone will do quite a bit to resist any tendency towards sagging. If you ...
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Improving sag resistance of MDF shelves

You could stiffen them up by nailing or screwing a 1/2" x 1" or 3/4" x 1 1/2" hardwood strip across the underside of the front edge of each shelf.
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How to prevent desktop from bowing?

The asked question: The Sagulator is the generally accepted reference for determining if shelves are going to be strong enough to support the expected load over the desired span. Your table is ...
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Will varnish stop bare wood from warping?

Varnish will likely help but it won't completely negate issues with warping and twisting. There are many other things you can do to help: You are correct in that the key to stopping wood from warping ...
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Improving sag resistance of MDF shelves

So this is what I did. Added screws from the back for each shelf: Screwed a 2mm thick and 25mm wide Aluminum strip to the front of each shelf. I also put tension on the Aluminum so it would ...
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