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06-24-2018 10:11 PM

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Hello! I was wondering if anyone can help me. Someone has asked me to build them some shelves like the ones pictured. The shelves do not have a back. What would be the best way to mount these to the wall?

-- Steve - NJ

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#1 posted 06-25-2018 02:41 AM

Here’s one way: Lee Valley Cabinet Hanger

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#2 posted 06-25-2018 04:13 AM

If you search keyhole hanger you’ll find a variety.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 06-25-2018 12:10 PM

If the problem is in the wall mounting, try something like:

-- Luis West, Erie,

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#4 posted 06-26-2018 12:24 PM

Thank you for the great replies. I just ordered heavy duty keyhole hangers. I’ll recess them so that the shelves are flush to the wall. I’ll pass on the toggle bolt idea to my friend who is going to hang them. Thanks again for all your help.

-- Steve - NJ

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#5 posted 06-26-2018 03:06 PM

The toggle bolts can be annoying to place properly. Look at the “Toggler” brand ones that have the plastic that holds them in place while you tighten the bolt.

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#6 posted 06-26-2018 05:56 PM

I HATE hanging keyhole slots, they’re a huge PITA to get correctly spaced and level. But, sometimes there is no way around them, so i cut a piece of hardboard to the size of the back of the shelf/cabinet/etc, and drill the holes through that to make a template for hanging, save a lot of time and cursing.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#7 posted 06-26-2018 06:00 PM

another option, to eliminate the issue of mounting key holes, is to make the back of the top shelf into a French cleat. it’ll have it’s own complexities, but it means you’re mounting the cleat exactly where you want the shelf to hang instead of fiddling with the toggle bolts and key holes.

just a thought.

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC ::

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#8 posted 06-26-2018 10:15 PM

I have used adaptations of the keyhole hanger by using pieces of scrap metal sized according to the weight of the object being hung. The important part is that I mount the hangers on the back of the object with only one screw each. This allows them to rotate side to side to “find” the wall nails or screws. This eliminates the need to have the wall hangers exactly positioned. Most of the time, I find that pieces of pipe hanger strap works great. As you want the shelves to hang closer to the wall, you may want the heavier stiffer brackets. You can still use only one screw for each one.

Unless you use the toggle bolt to hold a hook to the wall, I would use Molly screws or something similar and hook the key bracket directly onto the screw head. Or, better, put screws into studs if you can.

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#9 posted 06-26-2018 11:09 PM

Make your own? I usually use Papc – 8 E-Z Drywall Anchor W/Screw.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#10 posted 06-27-2018 11:16 PM

Here s one way: Lee Valley Cabinet Hanger

- jerryminer

I agree with this one. They have them in various sizes.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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