Stained plywood a golden oak tone and finished ours with a clear coat (poly?) in 1976. No problem with canned goods. Now if it had been painted... Have used melamine for paint cans in unheated shop. Rust stains hard to remove. Not an apples to apples comparison - just reporting.You may want to give some thought to melmanine shelving material. Stained and finished shelves will scratch up from canned goods. I used it in my pantry 20 years ago and it still looks great today.
We had the same problem. I added an oak 1.5" x 1.5" upright with 2" x 2" base in the corner with support brackets for each shelf and leveled them up.:bigthumb:Meager, you may want to add legs at the corners, my wife loads the crap out of the shelves in our pantry. I figured if I could sit on them she probably wouldn't break them.:hi:
If you got the tools and know how notching would definitely look best. Especially since it’s all stained. Or maybe even nailed to the front. You can even add 1x2 to the whole front which would also add a little more stability. I like the look of the 1x2 front. Add fronts and 1 long leg to the floor in the middle of your long skinny shelves.Yup I think legs will be a good idea. I just have to decide if I want to route a notch in each shelf and run one top to bottom or just cut and mount individually between the shelves.
How about just laminating 1x2? The outer board would be a continuous face frame. The inner pieces cut to the appropriate lengths to fit between the shelves and yield the desired support notch. This would be stronger than routing out a single board and be less likely to twist/warp.I think I will make a jig and notch with the router. The pine is multi piece glued boards and I would be afraid of a piece breaking out if I did it wit the dado head on the table saw.