Tips & Tricks: Finding the balance point

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This article is from issue 111 of Woodcraft Magazine

Finding the balance point

I make a lot of wall-mounted pieces designed to be hung via keyhole slots or sawtooth hangers. Many of these pieces aren’t symmetrical, however. So the hardware or slot must be located off-center to hang straight. Figuring out just how much off-center can be tricky. To help with this, I modified a quick-grip clamp by adding two opposing carpet tacks through holes drilled in the clamp’s removable pads. To find the proper hanging point, lightly grip the piece between the tacks, shifting as necessary until it hangs as desired. When I can’t risk scarring the front face, I add a masking tape pad for the outer tack to grip. 

—Jim Beauchamp, Kingspot, Tennessee

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