Lag Bolts

Can I hang a flat screen from a horizontal 2x6?

I have vertical 2x4s 4 1/2 ft apart. If I put a horizontal 2x6 in between them with 2 lag bolts on each side going into the 2x4s, would the 2x6 be able to support a 68lb tv in the center of it? What would be the strongest wood to get for this? Please explain why you think it may or may not work.

Thanks in advance.

The 2x6 over a span that short is more than equal to the task of holding that weight. Over such a short span, a 2x6 is capable of taking a load of hundreds of pounds. You have plenty of leeway.

The one sticking point is that the load is off one face of the 2x6, not coming down directly on top. I still think you're in the clear, but don't be surprised if you see the horizontal member taking on a twist over the years.

Pine is fine. If you want fancy you could build it up from oak. Bear in mind that oak is not necessarily stronger than pine, however for this off-center load application a piece of oak would be more rigid.

To fight the twist, you could build a hollow beam in somewhat larger dimensions - same weight or a little more, but a lot more carrying capacity and more rigid.

Fun project. Good luck with it.

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