I am starting to plan some built-in bookshelves that will be painted with mat or eggshell paint.
The fronts of the shelves and upright will be moulded maybe with a router or softwood mouldings glued on. We have not yet decided if the shelves will be fixed, or adjustable using an inset bookcase strip.
The two areas of concern I have are:
- I don’t wish the shelves to slag under the weight of the books.
- I want a good paint finish.
MDF gives me the good finish and the option to router edges; however is it stiff enough for book shelves?
Chipboard is a cheap option, but can I router slots in it for the bookcase strip?
Is it possible to get a good paint finish on plywood without spending a long time sanding it?