86 Bucks to hang a TV... Not for this Lumberjock!

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Project by DanoP posted 719 days ago 3288 views 13 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Found a great holiday deal on a flat screen for the shop. Love to have sports on while I “Putz” around on the weekends plus it has a computer input so I can pull up my favorite LJ blog and have photos large enough to see while I “take inspiration” (read as imitate) your fine work.

Anyway, the cheapest wall mount I could find rated for a TV this size was 86 bucks after tax. I was disgusted to have to pay that much for a little bent steel and some screws… then it hit me… FRENCH CLEATS. Took 10 minutes and four 1/4 – 32 screws from the old coffee can and the TV is on the wall and much sturdier than the TVs in the house with the store bought brackets. Extra bonus, it is much closer to the wall than with the brackets as well.

Gotta love the French Cleats! Simple, Cheap and you can hang the family car from them.

-- We've got enough youth. Let's search for a fountain of smart.

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#1 posted 719 days ago

Way to go man !
French cleating the TV is about as smart idea as I’ve seen !
Having a TV in the shop makes me jealous… :)
That arrangement also lets you move it easily if necessary.
Really smart.

-- Having fun...Eric

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#2 posted 719 days ago

Nice. How are the cleats attached to the TV?

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

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#3 posted 719 days ago

I love the idea for french cleats on the TV, wish I had thought of it for the TV in my basement.

Prices are crazy buying locally here too, I wish that wasn’t the case, sometimes ‘I just want it now’.

I ended up ordering mine here:

I love for AV stuff, good quality, but very inexpensive. Oh, and the normal disclaimer, I have no connection with them at all, besides being a customer.

-- "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 719 days ago

Great use of a french cleat! Now if you come up with an idea to keep dust out of the TV and allow for it to stay cool let me know. That’s been the only thing holding me back. I could frame a TV in, but I fear the heat. Maybe someone can enlighten us about the issue.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#5 posted 719 days ago

I used 3/8ths ply as spacers behind the 3/4 ply cleats to ensure airflow to control heat build up. I plan on making a frame for the tv using the finest mesh window screen to filter out SOME of the dust. I got this idea after cleaning off tons of dust from my screens after just one week in my new shop. It won’t catch it all but I’m sure it will help a lot. Other than that, I’ll just do what I do with other shop electronics – an occasional, gentle blast of of air from the compressor. I’ve had the same computer in the garage (my previous wood shop) for years and it’s fine.

I used the 1/4 – 32 threaded inserts in the tv to accept a couple of screws I had on hand.

-- We've got enough youth. Let's search for a fountain of smart.

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 719 days ago

Dan, that is a slick job on that mount. It sure beats the price of the store bought version.
I hung a couple in our motor home and I used the pattern of the 4 metric screws in the back of the unit and it held fine. I screwed the sets to steel plates. I just had to get longer bolts than they supplied

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 719 days ago

good thinking

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 719 days ago

Well done Dano.

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#9 posted 719 days ago

$86? Were you shopping at Best Buy They are routinely double the price of many other sources.

Even with that said, the french cleats are a fantastic idea…...which I will likely copy without shame.

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#10 posted 719 days ago

DANOP, I figure that’s what I’d have to do,regularly blast a bit of air. I did ponder a small computer fan in the bottom of a frame that had micro filter sides all hinged to open to allow for blasting still. Dust is so buggery.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#11 posted 719 days ago

I prefer the phrase “taking inspiration from” over copying… It sounds much more… Uhhhh… Legitimate.

-- We've got enough youth. Let's search for a fountain of smart.

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#12 posted 719 days ago

Great idea on the TV, but better hold off on that idea of french cleats for the car parking, I do not think you
need room in the garage that bad, and they are some damn hard to lift up and down. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Keith Shipp

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#13 posted 719 days ago

It’s only called scrap until you find something to do with it. Great Idea.

-- Keith, Bolingbrook, Illinois. The way I figure it I only have the rest of my life to get good at this...

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#14 posted 719 days ago

great job.i would never have thought of it.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#15 posted 719 days ago

Way to go ! It’s crazy when a bracket can cost almost as much as the screen itself !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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