How to Hang a Glued up Sword Display

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Forum topic by spunwood posted 11-13-2011 11:31 PM 2049 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-13-2011 11:31 PM

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Another coat of wipe on poly & this sword display will be finished. Iim going to hang it next week in the customer’s home. I was thinking of screwing it to the studs, but it is about:

5’ x 3’

It is made with glued up boards.
If I put 4 screws into into it (one near each corner), I am afraid it won’t have room to expand.
If I hang it with just 2 screws, do you think that will be sufficient? Do you think I should just use 4 screws instead and not worry about expansion?

Thanks for your help,

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#1 posted 11-14-2011 12:59 AM

#1 I would allow air behind it. If you screw it to the wall put 1/4” spacers back there. This will look better, it will keep the paint from permanently sticking to the back of it and it will help your wood stay put. #2 you can allow for movement by making your holes elongated and or larger than your fastener. If you make it elongated the direction should be in the width of each board, or up and down in this case. And don’t tighten them down so much that movement is restricted.

Personally I think 4 screws is a good idea to help maintain flatness.

I have also used “Z clips” which are available at rockler . . . click this link. They are incredibly strong and your fasteners would be hidden. It will probably hang nicely off the wall but if the bottom did lean into the wall you could just put two bumpers back there.

Personally I like the z strip best because it is so easy to hang and the piece is easily removable for cleaning and such.

Good luck and very nice job!


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#2 posted 11-14-2011 03:11 AM

Not sure why you are hanging this in their home and the homeowner isn’t doing it. Anything I have hung I use heavy screws that hold 50 pds each with anchors in the places I can’t find a stud. On the back of my pieces I use heavy wire hooks that hang over the screws on the wall. The hooks are used to hang wire between them but I don’t use the wire, just the hooks. I have a gigantic mirror over my couch with these and it works great. I also use this and recommend it to my customers who buy heavy wall hangings. Good luck.

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#3 posted 11-20-2011 03:27 AM

Thanks for the advise yall, the hanging went well…and I just widened the holes vertically.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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