Disassemble veneered bookshelf?
I found a Danish modern style bookshelf for sale very cheaply. Judging from the patina, I'm guessing it's at least 40 years old. It's very nicely made with teak veneered plywood and the edgings are solid teak with a bullet profile. The problem is it's overly deep - about 20 inches (500mm). I'm not sure of its intended use back in the day, but it certainly does not fit in well with contemporary living situations. This is probably why they're asking so little.
So, I want to cut it back to a shallower depth. However, it's completely glued up. The shelves are set into the sides with dados and the back is set in with rabbets. I believe there are brads through the back to the selves. I'm afraid if I try to dissemble it, the veneer around the dados is going to get torn up.
Does anyone have experience/suggestions for disassembling this kind of furniture?
I think your intuition is leading you in the right direction in that attempting disassembly would likely end in the kind frustration and regret that come with learning a lesson the hard way. Please take this as friendly advice from someone who has opened their share of canned worms: Save your time, effort, and money for pieces that best suit your needs, keep it fun, and don't ignore that 'little voice' when it speaks to you.
@objectworship, If you know diddly-doos like I know diddly-doos, we could be cousins!