I've collected a lot of albums in my time. Many of them look really cool and it's a shame that they've spent most of their years hidden away in a stack. I had heard of some people framing and hanging albums. Great idea! But professional framing gets pricey quick and I want to hang 20 or more albums.
The plan, build something on the cheap that is easy to hang. Gotta admit, I did not start off this project with wooden stakes in mind. Started out hunting for wood slats that I could build a triangle frame out of. I found the stakes while wandering around and realized give me everything I need, two stakes make a triangle, already the right size (no sawing required), super cheap!
So, the tale is told, let's get to the steps!
Step 1: Step 1: the Parts
3x Fixed Mount Mirror Mounting Clips
1 3"x3" T-Plate
5 #8 1/2" Wood Screws
2 1x2 12" Grade Stakes Pine Wooden Stakes
Gorilla Wood Glue
The key part for this project is Mirror Mounting Clips! The lip on these clips are perfect for fitting an album in, even the thick ones! Three are needed, two for the bottom and one for the top.
The T-Plate is used to connect the two wooden stakes and to serve as our hanging hook.
The wooden stakes make up our hanger/frame. The stakes are about a half-inch thick which is perfect as we want the albums to raised off the wall instead of flat, which looks way cooler.
Step 2: Step 2: Setting the Frame
If you are like me, you bought your stakes by the dozen for around 3 bucks. Grab two, match em up next to each other. In these packs, you'll get some size variation. We want a pair that are as close to the same length as possible (even if they aren't exactly the same, there should be enough play in there to work with).
Line up the stakes pointy ends together to form an upside down V (for vampire!). Now take a T-Plate and set at the pointy end of your V, lining up the bottom of the T just above the points of the stakes. Mark the holes for drilling and drill away! (Or you can skip drilling if you are some super strong screwdriver person, but personally I think it makes it easier and less likely to split the wood).
Takes two screws and screw them into the outside holes of the top of the T-Plate. We want it to hold tight with just enough give left to adjust the stakes if they got misaligned.
Step 3: Step 3: the Top Mount
This is the trickiest part. Flip the V frame over and take a look at the pointy end. Since we want the mount perfectly centered, we need to screw in mount near the tip of the stakes exactly in between where the stakes touch. Screwing it in, as is, will just push apart the stake ends. So, we need to apply some wood glue. Put a nice layer of glue in, pressed them together and let it dry over night.
Next day, glue nice and strongly set, we can drill a hole for the mount. The mount should extend just a bit taller than the hanger hole (the end of the T-Plate) so when it's hanging, the nail and hanger is less likely to be visible.
Screw in the mount, tighten firmly.
Step 4: Step 4: the Bottom Mounts
Line up the mounts in the bottom corners of the frame. We want them near the bottom but not too close to the edges so we don't break the wood when adding the screws. If you have mirror mounts like pictured, there should be a good amount of play for adjusting the fit. Just make sure if the top and bottom mounts are totally extended, that an album fits in there easily.
Adjust, mark, drill and screw those mounts in!
Step 5: Step 5: Insert Album, Hang and Bask in the Glory of Your Wooden Stake Hanging Album!
Slide an album carefully into the mirror mounts. Adjust the clips if necessary to get that perfect fit.
Tap a nail in the wall and hang away!