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  • #548339
    Matt Sims
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    Folks,

    I know this is an old project, but I’m intending to make one shortly, as a wedding gift…
    It’s the right sort of size and know it will be liked.
    But, How is it supposed to be hung on the wall? Surely not just by drilling holes through it when it’s finished. I know that would work, but is there not a better way?

    Or did I miss something in the videos?

    Thanks for any thoughts,
    Regards,

    Matt

    #548340
    Larry Geib
    Participant

    The standard method is to use French cleats incorporated into the back of the shelf or cabinet.

    If the project mandates a lower profile you can buy an aluminum or steel version that is lower profile.
    I’ve used a brand called Hangman “Z” Hanger

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    #548352
    Matt Sims
    Participant

    Thanks…

    Yes, I’m aware of the French cleat method… but the thing is that the design of this unit doesn’t allow for the extra space needed on the back of the sides of the unit.
    I’m sure I can work something out.

    I just wondered how others who have made this unit, as designed, dealt with the issue.

    As I said previously, it seems a shame to just drill holes for screws!

    Thanks,

    Regards,
    Matt

    #548355
    btyreman
    Participant

    have you seen this yet? https://paulsellers.com/2018/06/making-keyhole-plates-using-them-vid/

    there’s a video as well, keyhole plates might be what you are looking for, hope that helps.

    #548356
    Matt Sims
    Participant

    Thanks,
    Yes I had seen that, and thought about before posting…

    The “problem” with those is the accuracy of drilling needed to get the item accurately positioned.

    I could probably achieve that… but I don’t think it’s an ideal method for something given as a gift.

    Thanks,

    Regards,

    Matt

    #548366
    harry wheeler
    Participant

    Obviously, the side stiles have to extend above the top and below the bottom housing dados so you can drill mounting holes in those extensions and mount it with sheetrock anchors or small toggle bolts. I don’t think there is any other practical way to do it. At least the fasteners will be pretty much invisible that way. That will make a great gift – good luck with it!

    Harry

    #548367
    Matt Sims
    Participant

    Thanks Harry,

    Yes, I think you’re right. That seems the best way in the circumstances.

    I just wonder, what have other folk who have made this done?

    Regards,
    Matt

    #548368
    harry wheeler
    Participant

    Matt,

    Just thinking about it a little more, you might be able to make a very short french cleat attached to the narrow rear surface of the cabinet. I looked at the drawing and that surface is 5.5″ wide so you should be able to make a wall cleat with 45 degree bevels that can be attached in the corner. In a corner design like that, the thing is pretty much self-leveling anyway. It can only do what the walls do so if they’re plumb, the cabinet will be also. It’s not a lot of weight so a couple of anchors should be perfectly adequate. Give that some thought.

    Regards,

    Harry

    Harry

    #549524
    ehisey
    Participant

    Just as late follow on to this for anyone else. When I hung the shelf I basically did what @harryawheeler suggests doing. I started by drilling a mounting hole in each side on top and bottom. Then marked the holes on the dry sank 4 heavy duty anchors in and screwed the shelf on.

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