My concern is that since it has nothing to do with building or modifying furniture it's a little suspect. However, I think this community could answer it without stretching much.

"How do you calculate load capacity for a large piece of furniture, like an entertainment center or china cabinet?"

Given a particular material and structure, joints, etc how does one calculate what it can hold safely?

UPDATE: I really am interested in learning more about this, so I asked the question to match an actual project I'm planning for so it hopefully fits the spirit of the site. I built a "shelving unit" out of 2x10s while in a dorm - would have been nice to know that was a massive overkill back then :) And if it should be closed, that's fine too.

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  • Which question? – ChrisF Sep 12 '11 at 15:29
  • @ChrisF Well if the second one is on-topic but the first is not, then it seems like you could get the information by rephrasing the question. – Steve Jackson Sep 12 '11 at 15:32
  • @ChrisF - I haven't asked the question yet, I was checking to see it it was strictly out of bounds. – Steve Jackson Sep 12 '11 at 15:36
  • Sounds like a physics/engineering question to me, though it may be off topic on physics.SE and there is no engineering.SE. It's likely @Doresoom could answer it, but it would have to be a fairly detailed question for anybody to really take a stab at it. – Tester101 Sep 12 '11 at 15:49
  • Ah - I see what you mean now. – ChrisF Sep 12 '11 at 16:29

I'm inclined to say no, unless you're building something with the material. That would clearly make it a "DIY" question.

It's not entirely off-topic, though, because I could see questions about load bearing properties of home structures being acceptable. Maybe give it a shot and see what happens?

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