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Forum topic by Pauline posted 11-07-2012 02:16 AM 679 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Pauline

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11-07-2012 02:16 AM

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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#1 posted 11-07-2012 02:40 AM

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

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#2 posted 11-07-2012 03:55 AM

French cleat it.

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#3 posted 11-07-2012 04:01 AM

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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#4 posted 11-07-2012 04:14 AM

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 11-07-2012 04:15 AM

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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#6 posted 11-07-2012 04:20 AM

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

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#7 posted 11-07-2012 04:20 AM

Here’s a side view Papuz.

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#8 posted 11-07-2012 01:12 PM

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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#9 posted 11-07-2012 02:29 PM

U da man Papuz!

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