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This post is sponsored by The Home Depot as a part of The Home Depot’s ProSpective Campaign. THD provided the mechanics tool set and inspection scope used in this post.
When Steph moved into her home four years ago she needed some display shelves for her growing collection of Lego sets. We put up a couple of pre-made shelves using white brackets. They solved the storage problem but were not attractive by any stretch of the imagination. Fast forward a few years; Steph was ready for something a little more stylish to replace them!
The step-like design stretches 9 feet long against the wall and is 3 feet high and provides lots of storage for small and large Lego sets.
We added a French cleat to the back of each cube to attach the shelf to the wall. The wall part of the French cleat needs to be hand screwed into the wall. This build allowed us the use of one of the tools included in the Husky 1/4in. and 3/8in Universal Mechanics Tool Set (60 piece). We used the gimbal palm ratchet to attach the cleat to the wall.
Most homeowners need to have a set of sockets and screw driving bits in their tool inventory. This set includes pretty much what most homeowners would need. It includes 42 sockets which can be used with the two included ratchets or hand screwed if needed. Also included are 11 screwdriving bits. The ratchets are especially designed for tight spaces and helping you to access hard to reach spaces. The sockets work on six different types of fasteners. It's important to note that Husky mechanics hand tools are guaranteed forever; if your Husky hand tool ever fails, bring it back to The Home Depot and they will replace it for free!
We are big fans of using French cleats to hang large heavy items. One of the problems we’ve had in the past is assuring the cleats are centered and fully seated onto the two parts. It’s very difficult to see behind whatever we’ve hung to be sure the parts are meeting as they should be. Because of this, we requested an inspection scope camera from The Home Depot to try out.
We were sent the Milwaukee 12 -Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless M-Spector 360 Degree Digital Inspection Camera Kit. It has a flexible camera that can be positioned to see where you can’t see. The image shows up on the 2.7 inch LCD screen in color. We have already used this many times to check french cleats, and it gives us piece of mind to see they are secure on the wall.
Steph did a great job designing and bringing her idea to life. I was no help at all as this was the week I was dealing with the flu and aftermath. I did help with the hanging of the shelf and subsequent styling of it. Because of the length of the shelf we knew there was a good chance we would NOT get all three French cleats exactly where they needed to be on the first try. No surprise, it took three tries to get it right, but we eventually did. We did add a small L bracket to the very left hand side of the shelf as it was sagging and needed a little extra support. Because it is so high this fix is not obvious.
I love the way the shelf turned out. If I had a place in my house for one I would not hesitate to put one up. I like the clean, modern lines and the raw look of the plywood!
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FYI: We are not professionals, and we don’t claim to be. This is what we found worked for our project. Yours may need a little different approach. Safety first!
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