|Norm's Tricks Of The Trade|
David: This question is from Tony Cina of San Diego California and he wants to know how to center two upper cabinets on a wall, but one cabinet would have only one stud to support it. Is it safe to hang a cabinet from a single stud?
Norm's Answer: Not really. But the solution to this fairly common problem is simple: Join the two cabinets before you install them so that they become one unit. Then you can use six screws-abd three studs-and get good, solid support for all the cabinets, top and bottom.
Joining cabinets with flat sides ia a no-brainer, but many cabinets have face frames with stiles that project a bit beyound the side pamsl, which creayes a gap when the stiles are fastened together, Here's how to handlr that that little wrinkle.
1) Cllamp the stiles together, and drill two pilot holes through their edges and at least 1 inch into the adjacent stile. Countersink the holes, and connect the cabinets with trim-head screws.
At the back of the cabinets, top and bottom, fit spacers strips the same thickness as the gap; clamp the cabinets; and drill a hole through them at each spacer. In each hole, fasten a connector bolt and nut, which look better then standard bolts and nuts.
2) Now you can hang the one big cabinet, but it's likely to be heavy, so get some help lifting it. Screwing a horizontal cleat to the wall, temporarily, to support the cabinet's bottom edge also helps. Rest the cabinet on it while you fasten the unit through the top and bottom mounting rails and into the studs. When you're done, your cabinets won't be going anywhere.