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Forum topic by dddddmorgan posted 12-19-2016 04:55 PM 437 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-19-2016 04:55 PM

So I’ve been commissioned to make a plaque to mount a brass bell on.

The wood I was given to use made up to be only 7” x 9” when joined and finished.

The bell is a nice brass one about 7” across and that much tall. It hangs on a pivoting bracket so it can be rung. Overall the bell on the bracket is approximately 12” long.

Mounting the plaque isn’t the problem, I’m wondering if there is going to be too much leverage with the bell on the bracket?

And while I’m at it I’d welcome suggestions on mounting. I was thinking of routing for the steel keyhole plates so I didn’t do anything to the surface of the plaque.

Well? Advice?

-- Maintenance Man - I do precision guesswork based on unreliable data from people of questionable knowledge...

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#1 posted 12-25-2016 02:00 AM


I would think that the bracket from which the bell hangs could be securely mounted to the plaque if it can be mounted with through bolts/screws. This would require counter boring holes in the back of the plaque so that the through screw and nut of the backside of the plaque would not prevent the plaque from setting flush to the wall. I suppose wood screws could be used, but through screws would, it seems to me, provide greater security for the bell.

The more important issue seems to me to be mounting the plaque to the wall. My preference would be screws through the face of the plaque, one toward the top and the other toward the bottom and in-line so the screws can hit a single stud in the wall. A screw length that results in at least 1” penetration into a stud (assuming the building is of wood framing) would be my goal.

The steel reinforced keyholes could work so long as the reinforcing steel plates are securely mounted to the plaque, one near the top of the plaque and the other near the bottom of the plaque and in-line. A thicker plaque would allow longer screws to be used for attaching the steel key holes. Using some epoxy to further secure the metal key hole slots to the plaque would offer some additional security if you can keep the epoxy from smearing into the slotted hole. Mounting the plaque could be a little fussy since the plaque ideally would set tight to the wall, thus reducing any motion in the plaque when the bell is rung.

Whichever way you approach securing the plaque to the wall, a template that could be used to pre-drill mounting holes as a prelude to hanging the plaque could ensure the plaque hangs straight. If the through screw mounting method is used, the mounting template guide would be less important than if the key hole method is used.

By the way, I am not sure how good the 12” long bell hanging on a 9” long plaque would look. For a wall ornament like a bell, I would think the best look would be a plaque that is longer and wider than the bell. But then the customer is always right, assuming they have been informed of the relative dimensions of the finished plaque and the bell.

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#2 posted 12-26-2016 03:13 AM

Merry Christmas

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Bill in MI

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#3 posted 12-27-2016 03:19 PM


Well the problem as I have investigated is that I have no studs.

My best recourse seems to be mollys but would like to keep the face of the plaque clean. I’m going to go look at Woodcrafters and check out the metal keyhole brackets. I have use a type of anchor that will let me run a screw in and it pops out a toggle that will sandwich the sheetrock so the screw head stays put.

-- Maintenance Man - I do precision guesswork based on unreliable data from people of questionable knowledge...

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