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Andrew

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01-25-2018 09:41 PM

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Hi,
I am building a very large display case to hang in a school to honor military vets who graduated from there. It is approximately 7’ long, by 6’ tall and has 6 sections in it, one for each branch.

I am using 1” birch ply for the stiles and rails and it will be 4” deep, and was going to attach 1/4” birch ply for a backer, plexi on the front.

My question is how am I going to attach it to the wall? We have block walls in the school, so I was just going to have the custodians use concrete screws into the wall. I am stuck on how exactly I should build supports into it so there is a sturdy place to screw it to the wall, especially since it will be so heavy!

I would like to attach the background ply from the back, as I need to have a different piece for each of the 6 sections, but I am unsure where/how to put supports into to safely hang. Thank you in advance

Please forgive my rough draft, I just wanted to give you guys a visual.

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#1 posted 01-25-2018 10:25 PM

I would use a French Cleat or two. If you Google french cleat you will find commercial versions available. They are easy enough to make and can easily be hidden with trim.

Good luck with your project.

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#2 posted 01-25-2018 10:28 PM

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#3 posted 01-26-2018 03:02 AM

Ditto on the French cleat and the Z-clips!

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#4 posted 01-26-2018 04:32 AM

z clips attached to an upper horizontal member. French cleats are too thick for this project. IMO

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#5 posted 01-26-2018 08:55 AM

French cleats could be made to be hidden if the back is recessed by 3/4”. Very simple and extremely strong method.

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#6 posted 01-26-2018 01:23 PM

Looks like that will work. Thank you so much, you guys rock.

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