|Forum topic by AngieO||posted 08-23-2012 03:49 AM||7898 views||0 times favorited||20 replies|
08-23-2012 03:49 AM
Goal: To build a cabinet/shelf unit for storage
Question: How much weight can french cleats hold?
I don’t know exactly how I got to this project… but I’m here now and I’m excited about it. Today I started working on some storage units.
You’ll have to understand that my space in the garage is very limited. My husband has had reign over it for quite some time. He is a musician and a computer “nerd”, so that it where he has all his things. Sawdust and electronics/instruments don’t mix well so until I can get something for my tools and such I have the space in front of the garage door where my workbench sits and some folding tables. The idea is that I can just open the garage door and wheel my stuff into the driveway and work there with the garage door shut. Right now I don’t have wheels on my bench so I’ve been dragging my tools out one by one to the side of the garage in the yard.
I decided to make a small lumber storage for my shorter boards. So after 2-3 different ideas I have decided on one that I like. I am going to put french cleats in. The space is about 42” wide and about 12” deep. At the top my DH has some license plates hanging, so the top 1/3 of the wall is used. After getting one set of cleats cut I decided that I’d make two sets and have some storage shelves on the top and the lumber storage on the bottom.
Two factors came into consideration when I cut my cleats. I used some leftover 3/4” plywood I had and it was 36” long so that’s how long my cleats are. Plus… since it’s a small space there are only two studs to work with. So I have my 36” board attached to the wall. The studs are 16” apart and the board is centered around the studs. What I want to build is a box with one shelf in it. I would like one of the shelves to be at least 9” high. The remaining 3/4 plywood I have is 36” x 19.75. So I went into sketchup and created a drawing for what I want to make.
Don’t laugh… but here is a screen capture of if (it’s the only way I know how to show). And don’t laugh at my crude drawing on it. I just used the sniping tool on my pc to freehand that on there. But here is what I plan to make.
I planned on using 3/4” plywood for everything. But I am wondering if I should make the back out of something else.
So back to my question… how much are these cleats going to hold? As I stated… It is 3/4” plywood cut to 36” long x 3 1/2” wide. The 3 1/2 is the face of the board. It is centered on a 42” wall space attached to two studs that are 16” apart. I put a total of 4 screws. (2 for each stud, if that makes sense). Mostly what I had in mind was to store my stains and finishes on this shelf. I have a few spray cans and some smaller cans. Right now I don’t have any 1 gallon cans. So I’m curious/worried about how much weight it can hold.
Thanks for reading this loooong… draaaaawn out….story. I appreciate your help as always.