|Forum topic by zipzit||posted 03-21-2015 06:19 PM||916 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
03-21-2015 06:19 PM
I’m designing some wall hanging cabinets for my home office. I’ve got five of these puppies that I’d like to hang from the wall, side by side.
I’m planning to use one long french cleat on the wall to help get the alignment straight. I was intending to set the cabinets on the cleat, then align them and screw ‘em together. Finally I’d use solid anchors thru the three cross boards to secure the cabinet array to the studs in the wall. I’d never want this to come tumbling down, and books are pretty heavy. These shelving units are going to end up painted white to match the rest of the house. I was intending to use 1/8” hardboard on the end panels to totally hide the french cleat mounting system. With that in mind, I can also glue and screw in the fixed shelving.
I’m now having second thoughts on what to do with the back of these things. One thought is to do nothing, leave the gap with cross boards visible. But that will look tacky. Another thought is to add a 1/4” wide dado, and inset a hardboard back between the fixed shelves, so the appearance looks nice from the front. (Remember I’m painting these white.) The inset back also helps me align things square at glue up. At glue up of the fixed shelves, I leave the dado opening face up, and I just set the panels in place and kazaam, things are square. I’d have to make sure the depth of the dado allows for a flush mount, and then carefully drill mounting screws for the wall mounting cross bracing and french cleat.
What would you guys do? Hardboard backs? None at all? Anybody been here before? I’ve made big floor standing cabinets before, but nothing that hangs on the wall.
Oh, and anybody else use Solidworks weldments for furniture design? I love the way that software generates a complete bill of materials and cut list.
Many thanks, Zip