When you use a picture hanging hook and wire to hang a heavy object such as a painting on a wall, the top portion of the object tends to hang away from the wall. To avoid this, you can build a two-piece angled cleat that supports the object without creating a gap at the top. This project requires only basic woodworking skills and a few supplies.
You will need:
Step 1: Set the table saw at 45 degrees. Take the piece of 1×4, put it on the saw, and cut both cleats from a single piece of wood, ripping the board down the center so one side of each board is angled.
Step 2: Use the electric stud finder to locate the studs on the wall where you will install the cleats. Mark the studs with the pencil.
Step 3: Orient one board so the 45-degree angle is at the top. With a wood screw and the drill, screw the board into one wall stud.
Step 4: Put the level on top of the board and make necessary adjustments to get the board into level position. Drill in a second screw to hold the cleat in position on the wall.
Step 5: Orient the second board so the 45-degree angle faces downward. Insert the hot-melt glue stick into the hot-melt glue gun and apply the glue to top edge of this board. Press the board into place under the inside top lip of the picture frame. The glue provides almost instant bonding.
Step 6: Hang the object on the wall so its cleat locks on top of the cleat installed on the wall. Move the object left or right to center it on the wall or over a piece of furniture.