I'd appreciate advice as to how to mount a 50-lb (?) wooden cabinet safely to the wall.
There is a center stud running down the wall I want to secure cabinet to (which is covered by 5/8" sheetrock), and there's also a diagonal stud I might be able to find back there, which I could additionally attach cabinet to at some spot (maybe). Will post pic of wall interior pre-remodel in follow-up post.
I want top of cabinet to line up on same level with the top of the door frame at the left....so cannot access the header higher up in wall for nailing (which is covered by 3/4" wood cornice, anyway.
(If cabinet image doesn't appear, you can see it at Photobucket HERE Sadly, I'm still having trouble inserting images into posts here at TOH : (
Or, cut + paste:
Anyway, here was my instinctual plan of attack:
- Take off bottom of cabinet, where there is that 8" section of waste-space "box" that appears to have been added later. (I can see clumsy seam running along side of cabinet where it was apparently tacked on.) This would make cabinet slightly lighter, and leave more space on tabletop, which will be sitting below cabinet.
- Remove plywood backing, which is thin.
- Wedge some sturdy-ish strips of wood (3 total), centered within the shelf spaces, running vertically. Put glue on ends first, and nail in place from top and bottom of existing shelves, as accessible.
- Replace back of cabinet with 3/4" plywood, gluing and nailing all around so very tight and secure.
- Screw cabinet into stud, maybe 2 heavy screws per shelf space, through the newly secured strips of wood running up the back at the center. (So this would be 6 thick screws, running vertically through piece.)
- Ideally, try to calculate where diagonal stud is, and see if it intersects cabinet. Screw into that as well, if possible (just through new plywood backing)
- Possible attach 1" X 1" strip to bottom of cabinet where it meets wall, to create a tiny additional shelf of support beneath (?) Screw through this into stud.
Am I making this more complicated than it has to be? I'm just worried that as I add books and china onto these shelves, the whole thing will come flying off the wall or something, and kill my dog!
Thanks for reading this : ) I've always appreciated the tips and dialogue I've received here.