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Birch ply has a price comparable with AC pine ply at the same thickness, but is stiffer. It also will take penetrating wood finishes more evenly without conditioners or partial sealers. It's difficult to find in stock in 4*8 sheets, but most stores should be able to special order it. However I'm not sure I'd trust it at that span, either, not for books or ...


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Here are some of my experiences: 3/4" boards The max commonly available width is going to be 12" (11.25" actual), so for 14" you would have to join two 8" boards ripped to width. This requires more work than the other options and you have to find two very straight boards to start with. They can warp in the future, but glueing and biscuiting two pieces ...


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60" is too long of a span for 3/4" material even with nothing on the shelves. If they don't sag noticeably immediately from their own weight, they soon will. I would install corbels reaching at least 2/3 depth at the center point for each shelf. Then you can use whatever you like, as almost any 3/4" material will span 30" fairly well. If you really want a ...


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I would use plywood, it is much stronger than MDF. Finish the edge with heat activated veneer, or moulding. What are you putting on the shelves? If you are putting heavy items such as books, 60 inches is too far of a span. I have a 30 inch span that doesn't sag noticeably with books. You could probably go a little more, maybe 40 inches without additional ...


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