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Old 05-26-2009, 08:31 PM   #1
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I appreciate all the help I've recieved from this site so far and I'm back with another question

I want to build a floating shelf like this one to support a HEAVY reciever, center speaker, and DVR (just like in the picture). I estimate the total weight to be around 50lbs. Can anyone provide a plan or suggestions on materials and how to attach this to the wall? (I bought a couple books on shelves, but nothing covers this type of build)..... THANKS




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Yes, I can. I recently built an installed one for a church's youth center. It holds a big screen TV (54") and a player in a shelf beneath.

I'll try to find the drawings.

BTW, I could not see your photo.

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GREAT... Not sure why you couldn't see the pic, but here's a LINK
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Here's the shelf.

If it interests you, I can email much larger drawings than the forum allows. And there are also a lot of important construction details to be disclosed to make it work right.
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Willie T, Thanks!! I’m not sure if my picture worked, but I want something square. Do you think I could use this design without the angled top? Also, what’s the purpose of the French Cleat on top?

Again… I really appreciate your help. My email is **** and I’d like to see the other drawling if it’s not to much trouble…

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Willie T, Thanks!! I’m not sure if my picture worked, but I want something square. Do you think I could use this design without the angled top? Also, what’s the purpose of the French Cleat on top?

Again… I really appreciate your help. My email is EDITED OUT BY WILLIE T I’d like to see the other drawling if it’s not to much trouble…
The top is at an angle because I mounted the shelf so that the top of the TV screen would be 2" down from the 12' ceiling. This 9 degree angle worked out best for viewing at that height.

The french cleat on top mates to one installed on the bottom of the TV. Makes it easy to lift on and off for service.

BTW. All the french cleats are locked in place (together) by a single small screw each.
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Got it.... Thanks

Last thing.... What type wood did you use and how is it mounted to the wall? I assume I could use a thinker stock on the back (the green board in your picture) and use some lag bolts into a couple studs.

What do you think?
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Got it.... Thanks

Last thing.... What type wood did you use and how is it mounted to the wall? I assume I could use a thinker stock on the back (the green board in your picture) and use some lag bolts into a couple studs.

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The back (green board) does nothing. It's eyewash so you don't see the wall behind.

The mating French cleat is all that is attached to the wall. This shelf can be lifted off with the removal of but one small screw. Justike the TV. Yes, the Frenchie is VERY solidly lagged to the wall.

I used 5/8" cabinet grade plywood for all of this.

See the second email I sent you for the barebones structure.

Do NOT try to hang something like this from the back board. It will flex and sag.
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cool.... funny that you suggested French Cleat for the mirror project I'm also working on. Where do you purchase these from (I see them online, but didn't know if there's someplace in particular you use).
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You take a piece of lumber, set your table saw on 45, and rip it down the center. Voila! A French cleat set.
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got it... I'll stop bothering you now
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got it... I'll stop bothering you now
No bother at all.

PS. Go erase your email. Never good to have that on an open forum. Just use the edit button, and backspace it out. Emails get sent by PM, preferably.

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