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Your main issue is the large span for the shelves. Plugging in your dimensions into The Sagulator gives a sag of over 1/4" with pine, a tad under 1/4" with oak and around an inch for particle board or MDF. The easiest way to reduce the sag is to have more support for the shelves. Even a single support in the middle (which reduces the span from 85&...


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You can build a desk out of most any wood if you design it well. A desk is more than just the top. Spend some time thinking about and drawing pictures of your desk to make sure it will fit your need and not be wobbly. Poplar and alder have been used successfully to make desks. Here is an example of a desk made of poplar They both take stain well and can be ...


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There are a lot of issues to consider in this project. It is not clear how much experience you have nor what tools you have to work with so it is difficult to give specific advice on how to proceed. The shelf layout limits the height of books you can store. You may want to consider varying the height of the shelves such that one shelf handles taller books ...


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What you're describing is a medium sized solid wood panel that is likely to be "cupping". This is a phenomenon that happens with solid wood boards/panels so the most practical solution for a beginner would probably be to use a different material - such as plywood or MDF. These engineered materials will be perfectly flat from the factory, and are ...


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I eventually solved the problem by chipping away at small part of the wood structure underneath where it was tightest. This gave it just the 1mm of space needed to be able to pull the board out.


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