Hanging a Heavy Tool Cabinet
Jan Zoltowski’s tool cabinet (FWW #188, pp. 40-45) is impressive, but its sheer size raises a question often overlooked in articles featuring wall-mounted cabinets. How do you properly secure something that must weigh over 300 lb. when filled with tools? The article shows the cabinet secured to the wall with French cleats, with at best four screws on each cleat that is mounted to the wall. What size are the screws, and why not use lag screws for something this heavy?
Skip Kunst, Cincinnati, OH
But I have seen cabinets fall because of their own poor construction, leaving their backs still on the wall.
The screw size depends on the weight the cabinets will carry. Typically, kitchen cabinets are hung…