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Decorative coffee table wall hanging.

My wife has an heirloom coffee table that is carved into a forestry scene. She doesn't want to use it as a coffee table and so she has given me the task to find a way to mount it to the wall. A quick google search has not given me even a hint at what to do for the project, and so I turn to people skilled in woodworking for help. Any advice will be very much appreciated.
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This is what the table looks like at the moment. The wife wants the legs taken off and it attached to the wall for display.
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I helped you with the photo.

I have (well, my daughter has it now) a similar deeply carved coffee table
with an Asian mountain theme we got while we were stationed in Italy.
it is not all that heavy. if I wanted to hang it on the wall, I would treat it
just like a large, heavy painting with heavy duty picture hanging wire
(from the Box Store) and long eye bolts into the studs.
you will have to put some thought into the glass top.
if it were mine, I would go to a frame shop and get some glare free thin
plexiglass and spot glue it in place with clear silicone.
you will probably get a dozen different methods to do this - just be careful
of what you choose to do that is within your skill set.

the best option would be to remove the painted board and take it to a picture
frame shop and have it professionally framed.

let us see how it looks after you gitter done.

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My preference for something that large and most likely heavy would be to use strap hangers, one on each side or positioned at the top of the piece to align with studs. Heavy duty picture wire will stretch over time especially with the weight and has a good chance of snapping at some point if not from the very get-go.

I've been picture framing for about 30 years and have learned not to trust the wires if things get too heavy.

You can purchase these a a number places, just make sure they can support the weight and use longer screws into the studs.

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My preference for something that large and most likely heavy would be to use strap hangers, one on each side or positioned at the top of the piece to align with studs. Heavy duty picture wire will stretch over time especially with the weight and has a good chance of snapping at some point if not from the very get-go.

I've been picture framing for about 30 years and have learned not to trust the wires if things get too heavy.

You can purchase these a a number places, just make sure they can support the weight and use longer screws into the studs.

Cheers,
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Agree. Treat it like a heavy picture.


Many of us that came back from Vietnam and/or other areas in the Pacific brought back brass coffee tables. Many of these were used as a wall decoration vs a real coffee table. Right now I could not tell you where the legs for mine are stored. The brass part in on the wall.


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Alright got it up on the wall. Wife decided to put the legs on top to keep them together. I ended up using the strap hangers paired with two 100 pound wall hooks nailed into the studs. It is level.
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Wife's idea about the legs was a very good idea.
BTW, it looks really good, especially with the legs on top

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I like it but I would find a different location for the legs. Like under the bed or in a closet.

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