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Forum topic by Vjeko posted 03-01-2009 10:24 PM 700 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-01-2009 10:24 PM

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A plywood cabinet for 3 drawers needs to be secured above ground in an opening
surrounded by a brick wall at each side and one at the back. It needs to be secured
in such a way that it is approx 2” from either side wall as the drawers need to clear
door jambs when they’re pulled out. The walls are not plumb.

I’m not sure how this is normally done – can someone give some ideas ?
OK, OK, I know I have a lot of these silly questions – just bear with me
till I grow out of it ;)

-- Vjeko Balas - Croatia

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Peter Oxley

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#1 posted 03-01-2009 10:52 PM

There are a few possibilities, but here’s what I’d do …

Drill three or four holes in the back of your cabinet, and then mark the location of those holes on the brick in the back wall. Use a masonry bit to drill holes in the brick and insert masonry anchors in those holes, then run screws through the back of your cabinet into the masonry anchors. Use shims between the cabinet and the wall to make the cabinet plumb.

Here's more detailed info about using masonry anchors.

Another option would be to use a construction adhesive (like Liquid Nails) to attach a plywood panel to the brick, then use screws to attach the cabinet to the plywood (with shims to make it plumb).

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#2 posted 03-01-2009 11:47 PM

Hi Vjeko

me personally would use a french cleat


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#3 posted 03-02-2009 01:15 AM

Your project sounds a lot like the oak bookcase project that I have posted. Of course my brick walls were not plumb either, but, at least they were close to being in the same plane. I ran 2×4 cleats behind the bookcases and anchored them to the masonry. Then I screwed the bookcase to the cleats. Andy’s french cleat would have worked if I had made the bookcases smaller but I sized them for the opening with only about 1/4” of play on each of the 4 sides. And I just did not think about using masonry anchors.

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#4 posted 03-02-2009 11:14 AM

I appreciate the input and have learned something new – good feeling !

There is one issue I forgot to add – this cabinet of drawers may come into contact
with individuals who may have less civilised modes of behaviour and may
lean heavily or even sit on it (one can’t rule out these things) ;)
So I was thinking it needs to be secured from all 3 walls (to be sure ;) ).

So I guess I can use the methods outlined above and use cleats on all
3 walls. Now with shimming I have no experience – do you usually
screw/nail (or glue) through the shim to keep it in place ? Would it pay
to screw to two walls and creep up on correct cleat width on the
third wall to avoid shimming(I’d just like to hear some thoughts on attacking this
before actually doing it).

-- Vjeko Balas - Croatia

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