We use many creative ways to hang our signs and projects. If it’s heavy we’ll resort to steel brackets or lag bolting it to a structure. But sometimes the sign isn’t too large or heavy. In those cases we often use what we refer to as a french cleat. Most often we use 3/4 plywood to make our cleats. It’s ripped on the table saw at 45 degrees.
We often fasten the cleat to the back of our work to purposely space it off the wall (by the thickness of the cleat) to provide an extra shadow line. In this case I wanted the work to be flush with the wall. This meant I had to route a space in the back of the bottom layer of the sign to accommodate the wall fastener. I routed it 1.5″ deep (for two thicknesses of 3/4″ plywood) The first was screwed and glued into place. The top hanging cleat was then screwed to this plywood.
The second cleat was screwed to our easel. This will eventually be fastened to the wall when we install the sign.
The Cookie shelf is now ready to attach the utensils and finish.