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post #1 of 6 Old 01-20-2012, 03:17 AM Thread Starter
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I've seen a picture of a joint that I would like to use, but I don't know what it's called in English so I can't find any more information about it. Could someone help me?
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-20-2012, 03:23 AM
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It's called a French cleat

Used to hang cabinets on the wall. Easy to make by ripping a long piece at 45 degrees and using one half on the wall, the other on the cabinet. bill

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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post #4 of 6 Old 01-20-2012, 04:32 AM
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The french cleat system will set whatever the cabinet and wall member combined thickness is away from the wall. For example if 3/4" is used for both parts, when interlocked, whatever the cabinet member is fastened to will be set off the wall 3/4".

In order to have the cabinet pull up tightly to the wall, if the cabinet sides protrude beyond the cleat, even a small amount, like 1/8", the sides will hit the wall first, and the cleat hasn't bottomed out. So, IOW, if the cleat on the cabinet is set in 7/8", the cleats will pull up.

Another method would be to take off the sharp points of the two cleats, so they don't interlock.






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post #6 of 6 Old 01-20-2012, 09:53 PM
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I had an instructor/cabinet maker suggest using 30 / 60 with the 60 piece on the cabinet.

I haven't tried it but it does provoke some thought.

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