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I came across this item today and it reminded me of one of my first posts on this forum. I showed a shot of a small wall mounted display cabinet that I made in 2000 the week after I retired. The purpose of the post was to describe an "accident" that I had when finishing the final part. I cut four mitered strips to hold the door glass in place and I wanted the showing edge to be rounded. At the time I didn't have a full round-over bit so I made two passes over a quarter round-over bit. The result was more like a church doorway so stupidly and knowing better I still went ahead and attempted to pass the first strip over the jointer set very low and of course the strip got caught and pulled my right index finger over the cutters. A slice of the pad was removed and to my surprise there was no pain. I was rushed to the nearest hospital where they dressed it and made an appointment for the following day with a "hand and arm" specialist who took skin from my wrist and grafted it to my finger. The pain from where the skin was taken was very painful for a couple of years but my finger gradually regained feel.
Now to the point of the story, my late friend and forum jig guru known as Bobj3 asked if I had used a French cleat to mount the cabinet, my short reply was "what is a French cleat"! Bob replied with a picture and since that time I have learned a great deal about woodworking and turning from forum members and I hope that I have reciprocated.

I forgot to mention that the cabinet is held to the wall with a screw at the top and one at the bottom. I also forgot to mention that when I took it to the glass place to make the mirror for the back, the shelves and the door glass, when I picked it up the following day, they hadn't used the strips that I made, they used Silicon!!!
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Yes indeed Harry, you have passed along a great deal of knowledge and I for one appreciate all I can learn. The remembering is somewhat difficult sometimes but that's always been the case for me. The accidents however seem to stay sharp in my mind. I bleed way to easy these days on my arms and hands due to low collagen so I really need to keep and eye out. A rough brush against something can cause what appears to be some very serious bleeding. Ask a few rescue squad patients that after reaching through a narrow passage to turn the O2 tank on saw some blood dripping from my arm. They thought I was more seriously injured then they were. Small scratch, lots of blood, mostly unnoticed until it ran down my arm.

And I myself learned of the French Cleat here and used for the first time, actually 4 times now, on shop cabinets and tools holders. Great way to hang something.

And thanks for your knowledge and expertise. We all learn from each other which is one of the main reasons this is such a great forum.
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It sounds like you're on blood thinners Steve. Clamps and push sticks help to make a safe shop.

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I never heard of a French cleat till I joined here . I use them on all my wall shelving , as it’s a one man job to install them now . Clever idea really

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Thanks, Harry. Haven't used the French cleat...yet.

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Oh Harry, you have definitely contributed a lot, and I have enjoyed learning from what you've shared. I haven't necessarily been in a position to use much yet, but I'm glad your knowledge is there to read over and ask about. Thank you.
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As a cabinet maker french cleats have been a useful tool for a really long time.
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It sounds like you're on blood thinners Steve. Clamps and push sticks help to make a safe shop.
You'd think so but no, and my Doc always ask which ones and he'd be the one prescribing them. Believe me I use every means possible when working with my tools.
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Great follow up post, Harry.

Always looking forward to seeing your posts....
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Harry thanks for these posts helping the forum keep flowing. I'm sure there are a lot of new users that see these as new and informative.

Some of us that have been around for a while remember your great projects and the excellent photos to go with them. It's always nice to see them and helps keep people's minds deciding how they can change it to make the project their own.

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