For many, the term “vacation” implies exotic locales or large ocean-going vessels. But for Toolmongers, often a vacation is a little time in the shop making things for yourself rather than checking off a project on someone else’s to-do list. These wall mounts for a pair of low-end audio monitors were my quick weekend project just after the Big Day.
They weren’t a big deal to build — just a handful of odds and ends constructed from bits of discard found in the scrap pile. The structure of the shelf is formed of 3/ 4” oak veneered ply and the trim is just a bit of 3/ 4” solid oak with a routed edge.
As the pictures suggest, there’s really not much to them: a glued/nailed butt joint with a diagonal brace mounted under the chin, and down the face of the wall a mounted piece for strength. Then I mitered and laid in the trim to cover my plywood shame. A little cherry finished Danish oil and two coats of shellac later, they were ready to mount.
If you look carefully at the first picture in this post you will see my mounting strategy. It can be summed up in one word: lazy. A pair of 3 1/ 2” toggle bolts in a staggered pattern anchor each unit in place. It’s a little overkill for holding an 8 lb. monitor, but it was for myself and I wanted the quick option — mostly because it’s the holidays, but also because I’ve never made a wall mountable object I didn’t end up obliged to hang as well as build for the recipient. This time, inset hardware and a time-consuming install was not in the cards.
Still, it was a fun little project that allowed me to putter about the shop for a while and play with power tools — and that, by definition, is a good time.