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Forum topic by AaronK posted 11-16-2010 01:28 AM 1065 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-16-2010 01:28 AM

I’m building something like this shelf. Instead of drilling through holes to screw the shelf to the wall at top and bottom, I was hoping for a sort of hardware keyhole I could set into mortises in the back and so make the supports invisible. searching the net turned up nothing, but I’m sure i’ve seen this sort of thing before – can someone point me in the right direction?

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#1 posted 11-16-2010 01:39 AM

Why not use a router with a keyhole bit and skip the mortise?

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#2 posted 11-16-2010 01:47 AM

Yep, my thought as well.keyholebit. Used them and they work well .

-- In His service ,Richard

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#3 posted 11-16-2010 02:33 AM

These fasteners at Woodcraft came to mind by what you described. I have used similar pieces to hang small shelves.


-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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#4 posted 11-16-2010 03:19 AM

Yep, I agree with Mary Anne, a router keyhole bit works great and no hardware is required.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 11-16-2010 04:18 AM

You can buy the metal keyhole hangers at Lowe’s.
But I have to agree with prior posts that a keyhole bit works great.

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#6 posted 11-16-2010 06:11 AM

thanks! that little piece is it exactly! I’d do the keyhole bit way except i need this done fast and im running out of time :-) thanks all!

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#7 posted 11-16-2010 04:21 PM

Practice on scrap piece first. it can get tricky.

-- In His service ,Richard

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