Black Locust Wall Table, Part III: Testing Blind Mounting Hardware

In Part I and Part II, I built this prototype table which was to be mounted on a wall.

The next step in the design and construction of the table was to install hardware that would allow it to be mounted to a wall.

The simplest way to attach the table would have been a pair of big lag bolts right through the table’s upright into a stud in the wall.  It would have been very secure but hardly elegant.  In a piece of a different style, lag bolts might have looked right at home but not with this table.

I needed something discreet – something that would be completely concealed when installed.  I tried three different mounting systems before finding one that I liked and documented my experimentation in the following video.  (Duration – 3:49)

10 thoughts on “Black Locust Wall Table, Part III: Testing Blind Mounting Hardware

  1. Well done! Like others have said, I am anxious to see the finished product. You have inspired me to make something similar here.

    BTW, hair looks good. :-)


  2. After watching your video experimentation, I was wondering if installing 2 of the first two tries (parallel to each other) would have taken out the lateral movement? Thinking out loud, won’t the single tapered one exhibit the same problem with seasonal movement?

    1. I had considered installing two of the mortised bedlocks. However it would be very difficult to fasten both halves into a single stud in the wall. The wooden sliding dovetail may have loosened slightly with seasonal movement but, if tapered, would only require downwards pressure to make tight again.


    1. Hi Mike,

      Since the hardware is so simple to install on the wall, I think I can just provide a formula of where to place the top screw. Something like: determine how high you would like the table top to be and subtract 10 inches to determine the location of the top of the bracket.


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