Planning ahead pays big dividends when it comes to hanging a wall cabinet or shelf. It's best to consider how you plan to hang your work even before you start construction. There are lots of options, ranging from shopmade to store-bought. This article focuses on those that are essentially invisible and leave the piece flush against the wall. The easiest and strongest way is to build the hanging element, such as a cleat or hanging rail, into the piece. Other effective methods include keyhole slots, hardware, and manufactured hangers.

From Fine Woodworking #201