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Pauline

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628 days ago

Greetings!
A neophyte here.

I have a ladies dresser vanity that I disassembled into 2 pieces. Each piece is a set of 2 small drawers that sit inside a cabinet frame. 16 depth by 13 in wide by height 22 in. The backing of the “cabinet” is a flimsy piece of thin press board. The cabinet frame housing the drawers is solid. I would like to cleat this “cabinet” but not sure what to do to the cabinet frame PRIOR to making the cleat. Can I simply swap out the back for a 3/4 inch plywood back and cleat or do I need to modify the frame in any way. Thanks.


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cabmaker

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#1 posted 628 days ago

You have my permission, but what do you mean by cleat ?

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waho6o9

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#2 posted 628 days ago

French cleat it.

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Pauline

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#3 posted 628 days ago

I would like to French cleat it, but am not sure if all I need to do is provide a solid plywood back to the cabinet and then to apply a French cleat.

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cabmaker

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#4 posted 628 days ago

I presume your hanging this on the wall ? Applying a solid back is a plus. I would add a perimeter strip on the back to conceal the cleat at the top however..

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waho6o9

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#5 posted 628 days ago

Mount an angled cleat to the wall, install the complimentary cleat
to your project, and you can slide it to your desired location.

Welcome to LumberJocks Papuz!

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cabmaker

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#6 posted 628 days ago

Im out , I think you all are talking about two differant things.

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waho6o9

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#7 posted 628 days ago

Here’s a side view Papuz.

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Pauline

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#8 posted 628 days ago

I think I have my answers, but I have also learned to use full terminology and to provide specific details.
I can see how things can get confusing. I will be French cleating this cabinet to the wall about 10 in off the floor.

The perimter strip is a great idea., that was another concern. I may place a granite counter top on top of the existing surface top so this will work.

I really want to thank you for your help as this gives me a go ahead for my project….:)

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waho6o9

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#9 posted 628 days ago

U da man Papuz!

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