For Valentines Day this year, Doug and I decided to have our Establish date made on a large metal sign by my friend Kelly at “Far Away Hood”. Our sign is similar to the signs we gave our daughter in laws for Christmas although we added our first names.
But what I really wanted to show you is how you can add metal to wood and then hang your sign using a French Cleat.
Some of you may not know what a French Cleat is but I’ve bet you’ve used one and didn’t even know that’s what it was.
I’m going to show you how to make your own French Cleat...The French cleat is an easy way to hang heavy stuff. It is simple to make and cheap. We made two cleats, one for each side of our sign, but you can use a single cleat if your piece allows
But lets start at the beginning….
First we had to figure out the design for our sign working closely with Kelly. Our sign is really big…48″ x 15″. This thing is heavy!
We could of easily hug it to the wall without any wood backing but because our headboard is made out of Real Barn Wood from an Amish Barn in Iowa, I wanted to mount it to distressed wood.
( I will do a blog post on how we made our Head Board in the next month)
I wanted some real gnarly wood and with some great color variation that would show through the cut out words. This wood was so distressed it took some gluing but I didn’t sand it… I wanted it to look rough.
I cut three pieces 3″ x 15″ to attach to both sides and the middle. Make sure you countersink all screws so it is flush with the wood.
Now How we made our French Cleat(s)
- Materials 2. Two 1’X6” boards cut to desired length 3. Tape Measure 4. Table saw 5. Chop Saw 6. Cordless Drill Drill and bit 7. Counter sink bit 8. Ruler 9. Pencil 10. Screws 11. Level
First we measured the back of the frame to determine how wide to make the cleats, one on each side of the center support board. Use a single cleat if you do not have a center support board.
· Then we cut to our desired length using the chop saw resulting in two boards approx. 18” long
· Setting the table saw blade to a 30-degree angle we ripped our two boards down the middle resulting in four 3” wide boards with a single angled side on each board.
· The it was just a matter of reversing one half of each board and mounting them on the frame with the angled side Down using drill, countersink, and screws. We made sure that the longer side of the board was Away from the surface of the board.
Once the Cleats are attached to the Frame you will then attach the Metal sign with tacks or screws.
· Now it’s time to attach the other half of the cleat mounts to the wall. This time be sure to have the angle side of the board facing Up with the wider side of the board away from the wall
· Then we used a level and pencil to determine where to place the other half of the cleat to the wall. If you find a stud great. Otherwise use a good drywall anchor.
· Once the cleats were secure and level on the wall, we lifted our sign up and simple hung it on the wall cleats.
It so easy…I actually hold my breath because I never think it will work and it always does. Our Headboard is hung on French Cleats as well!!
I love this sign so much…We have been married for almost 45 years and what better way to celebrate then hanging it over your bed…LOL…just kidding but it does look awesome!
·Finished! Simple, secure and very strong.
And if you want to make a sign like ours, you can contact Kelly Rideout, at Far Away Hood at the link below.
Now if none of that made sense, I’m attaching a U tube link to making French Cleats so you can have a visual.
Send me Pictures!! I want to do an entire blog on DIY projects that YOU have made!