How to use French cleats to hang a mirror, picture or TV

How to use French cleats to hang a mirror, picture or TV

Today at the House of Hacks, we’re going to
go from this… to this. [Intro music] Today at the House of Hacks, we’re going to
mount this mirror. It was originally designed to sit on a dresser and so it doesn’t have any hanging hardware on it. Instead of going to a home improvement store
and getting picture frame mounting hardware, we’re going to use French cleats. It’s in a commercial environment, so that
should be a little bit more stable and easier to work with in this environment. So the thickness of the French cleats needs
to be about 7/8″ to sit against the wall nicely. To make the cleats, I’m just going to use
a scrap 2×4. First I planed off an 1/8″ to remove the radius
from the corners. Then I marked an inch off to indicate the
excess material. The band saw took off what wasn’t needed. Now about an 1/8″ needs to be removed. Running it through the planer again. And it’s right at 7/8″. Next I find the center. And rip down the center with a 45 degree cut. Then cut the two pieces into two pair. A Forstner bit makes a flat bottomed countersink. And then a hole for the screw goes the rest
of the way through. The other side gets a standard countersink
for a flat head screw. OK, after all those machining operations,
I’ve got two sets of cleats. These will go on the mirror itself. It’s got wood screws in here with a standard
countersink. And I’ve got… these’ll go on the wall and
they’ve got a flat countersink on them with a washer to kind of help distribute the weight. We’ll put drywall mounts on the back that
these will screw into. So these will fit together like this when
they’re hanging on the wall. Marking where the pilot holes goes with a
couple taps of the hammer. And then drilling the pilot holes. I used a piece of tape to mark the depth. And cleats for the mirror are attached. Again, mark screw locations with a couple
hammer taps. I love these screw-in drywall anchors…
that the wall cleats simply screw into. I think that’s going to work well. It’s nice and stable. It’s not going anywhere and, yeah, I think
it’ll be good. If you are interested in projects like this,
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  • House of Hacks

    May 20, 2017

    Have you used French cleats to hang things? Leave a comment about how you've used them.

  • Tomahawk DIY

    May 23, 2017

    Great video – I've never tried hanging something with french cleats, but I like the concept. Are there any tricks if you don't have a plainer to getting the cleats the right thickness?

  • Shawn Springall

    July 12, 2017

    hey buddy the only thing i didnt like was that i could see the cleats but great vids it gave me a few ideas i could do at home.

  • gsuderman

    December 15, 2018

    Great video, I haven't made my own but used a french cleat to hang a 6' X 7' painting at my nephew's place. Worked great. Thanks!


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