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Forum topic by Maveric777 posted 01-21-2010 03:32 PM 1478 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Looks as though I have put my cart before the horses yet again. I built two cabinets to hang in my shop above my main work bench (here is the link to my bench post Workbench). I have them built and close to being ready to hang when it dawned on me “I have never hung cabinets before…. Whats the best way?”

The back sheet of plywood is 1/2” (actually it is 3/8”) and was thinking about just lining up the studs and securing the cabinets directly through the plywood using 3” screws. Would this be strong enough to hold it up? As close to what I can remember the dimensions are 44”x30”x13” & 26”x30”x13”. The whole frame is made from pine and the shelves are 1/2” MDF.

My other option was to use french cleats. The problem there is I have already built the cabinets and this would give me a gap between the cabinet and wall.

This is just a shop storage cabinet that I plan on keeping screws, finish stuff, and small this & thats in it. Nothing extremely heavy will go in cabinet as far as my plans go. I want it to look decent but not overly concerned about perfection.

Thanks for any form of help or insight on this. If you need more info please let me know. I really need the help on this one.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#1 posted 01-21-2010 03:50 PM

If you don’t put a lot of weight on it, the 1/2 inch plywood should hold. I would put the screws through fender washers to help distribute the pressure around the screw head. If the cabinets are sitting next to each other, make sure you screw each together so they distribute the weight between each other also. You could also use the french cleat at the top with a cleat at the bottom as a spacer and put trim around the back sides of the cabinet to hide the gap.

Normally with cabinets, you would cut a 1/4” dado, 3/4” in from the rear and use 1/4” plywood for the back. Then install a 3/4 cleat on the top and bottom behind the back, flush with the rear of the cabinet, and run the screws through the cleat into the stud from inside the cabinet.

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#2 posted 01-21-2010 05:46 PM

Greetings Dan: Plus 1 for the information that skeezics and closetguy told you about the cabinets. But I’d like to carry it one step further: Before you hang the cabinets, determane where you want them,how high up, and draw a line to represent the bottom of the cabinets. Screw a 1”x 2”x 30” support in the wall, check for level with a level, set the cabinet on top of it (you may need help doing this), and screw it in the wall. That’s it.
You’re ready to start filling it up with junk, like the rest of us do…..... lol. Keep on keeping on…... later

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#3 posted 01-21-2010 06:43 PM

I’d hang a French cleat level on the wall (easy), then attach the mating cleat on the back of the cabinet (easy). Now all you have to do is hang the cabinet on the cleat (easy). This eliminates any maneuvering/adjusting while holding up the heavy cabinet. They sell aluminum cleats at the woodworking stores to hide the cleat and keep the cabinet flush to the wall. This is the way I hung my mantle.

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#4 posted 01-22-2010 04:35 AM

Thanks for all the input everyone. I decided since I am so far into the project (everything but hanging them and the doors) to go with Skeezics idea. I had the extra lumber in the shop to make the 1×3’s and all I would need to do is pick up some cabinet screws…

Which makes me think… I have never noticed cabinet screws. Is it labeled on the box “Cabinet Screws” or am I looking for something in particular?

Thanks again for all the help yall!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#5 posted 01-22-2010 07:09 AM

You can take a look at McFeely’s to get an idea of the type of screws. You don’t have to use the square drive screws that they sale but you do want to use a flat or pan head and maybe even add a washer to help distribute the load on each screw head.

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#6 posted 01-22-2010 08:30 AM

take a look at this..

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