french cleat to hold pictures

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Project by handy_andy posted 01-24-2017 04:43 AM 1916 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been enjoying the french cleat system for tool storage so much that I’ve started using it for pictures too. A pair of oak vertical “legs” support four horizontal walnut cleats. The structure rests on the floor, with room to accommodate the molding, and is anchored to the wall at the top and bottom of each “leg”. A socket cap screw counterbored into the back of the vertical pieces connects to a 1/4”-20 brass threaded insert in back of each cleat.

This is the first project I’ve gotten a scrapper to give nice results on, which is very exciting. I hate sanding.

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#1 posted 01-24-2017 09:25 PM

Sanding?....everybody loves sanding even our lungs look forward to it!

Your proiject looks great… good work!

Speaking od sanding again,I would not want to be the person cleaning and dusting off the items though!

-- Regards Rob

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Mark Shymanski

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#2 posted 01-24-2017 09:32 PM

What a unique and innovative use of the French cleat system. I like how it looks!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#3 posted 01-24-2017 10:01 PM

This is a very nice collection of pictures and I think that the hanging system adds to rather than subtract from the total project. You did a nice job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 01-24-2017 11:12 PM

This is pretty cool. I can picture something like this over my fireplace. Kind of an art project holding art.

-- -Steven Peck,

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#5 posted 01-25-2017 02:36 AM

Great idea and looks fantastic!!!! Thanks for the post.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 01-25-2017 05:58 PM

Very good idea – you can always change and rearange layout of pictures and photos.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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