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Blog entry by Natalie posted 05-18-2013 05:19 PM 816 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have all the parts cut for 10 of these, each a different size in order to fit between the brackets that are holding up my wood storage shelves. I had some cherry plywood pieces that were the right size for cutting the sliding doors out of, and I used some Lacewood scraps I had to cover the plywood edge.

I used 1/2 inch plywood because I didn’t want to have to deal with the weight of 3/4 inch and I thought I could get away with it. I still don’t regret that but didn’t get away with it as well as I thought. It turns out that 4 gallons of paint need a stiffer board to hold them up, so even though I used a french cleat the length of the cabinet, I also had to anchor it to the shelf board above it, and use a shelf bracket (not shown) underneath it in the middle in order to keep the bottom from sagging.

The thing I don’t like about the french cleat is that I ended up with a small amount of dead space above the cabinet in order to get it in there above the cleat and drop it down onto the cleat. I’m not really sure how much strength the french cleat is adding, but I am thinking about changing the mounting by just screwing a piece to the wall and then to the cabinet without the cleat. Anyone have an opinion on how this will change the stability of the mounting?

Natalie

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.



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JoeinGa

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#1 posted 05-18-2013 05:35 PM

Well, it’s not like you’re gonna actually USE that small space above the cabinet, are you? I’d leave it as is.

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Natalie

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#2 posted 05-18-2013 05:44 PM

Call me crazy but I am thinking about the dust that will collect up there, with no easy way to clean it. Yes, that’s crazy. I should forget it.

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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grizzman

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#3 posted 05-18-2013 05:50 PM

very cool, i made sliding doors on my kitchen cabinet that is under the sink..they work great, didnt want the grand babys to have easy access when they were here…

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Natalie

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#4 posted 05-18-2013 08:21 PM

Another thought:
The problem with using the cherry plywood and lacewood trim scraps I already had, is that Im afraid I have set a precedent for the rest of the cabinets in my shop…..

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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grizzman

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#5 posted 05-18-2013 08:53 PM

oh no…no way, you have to think outside the box…your shop is like a pizza, pepperoni in one corner, and italian sausage in the other, with mushrooms all over and bell pepper, you get the point…yea, just go with it, just make sure you make each shop piece looking nice….just get your brush out and paint your shop like a picasso….lol

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Tootles

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#6 posted 05-19-2013 04:40 AM

Regarding the space above the cabinet, you could take the shelf off the brackets, install the french cleat at the correct height so that there is no gap, drop the cabinet in and then put the shelf back.

Mind you, if you are going to go to all that effort, and have to repeat it in order to remove the cabinets, why bother using french cleats? You may as well just screw the cabinet into place. After all, french cleats are usually used either for flexibility, which you probably don’t need for these cabinets with the way they sit between the brackets, or for ease of removal of the cabinets from the wall, which you may also not need.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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JoeinGa

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#7 posted 05-19-2013 11:05 AM

If you are THAT worried about the dust, roll up a towel and push it into the gap far enough to not be seen :-)

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