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Evolution of a Shop #13: Tool board over workbench

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Blog entry by Cory posted 1396 days ago 5698 reads 20 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve never really been a big fan of pegboard, but it’s incredibly functional and cheap. So, like most shops, mine has some pegboard in it. I really wanted to do something different, though, to hold my tools over my workbench. I was watching some old Wood Whisperer videos the other day and saw his french cleat system on a piece of plywood. Then, I was looking through this web site: http://benchmark.20m.com/index.html and saw his french cleat system throughout his shop. I’ve used french cleats for hanging a bunch of stuff, so I set out to make a tool board like Mark’s and Phil’s (imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?). Here’s what I came up with:

I used cheap 1/2” plywood for the back and pine 1×4s for the frame and cleats. They’re all glued and nailed together. The cleats are ripped in half and spaced 2” apart. The overall size of the tool bard is 80” x 34”. Now I’ve got plenty of room to hang everything and I don’t have to look at the pegboard!

Here are some of the tool holders I made the other night:

I found that by adding a little piece of 1/4” plywood to the cleat it was much more stable. These are simply the cleat and a piece of ply with a dowel glued into it. I made these in several different sizes.

A quick holder for my tape measures….now I know when my neighbor “borrows” my tape!

Some times you don’t even need a fancy holder, just a nail.

A simple shelf for bench cookies, etc.

Thanks for looking.

Cory

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.



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Cato

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#1 posted 1396 days ago

Nice alternative, I like it.

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Rick Dennington

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#2 posted 1396 days ago

Greetings Cory, Again….. stellar job on the shop improvements…..The French cleats will work really good. One thing about F.C…. you can re-arrange the tools and things any way you want them….. I’ve built a couple of f.c. once to hang a couple of shop caninets on that I built…... And like you, I don’t like pegboard on the walls…. at all… I keep all my hammers, saws, marking tools, tapes, etc. in the drawers under my workbench…That way I get no dust all over everything…It will accumulate bad. I need to build a couple of more cabinets, and may go the f.c. route this time…Keep up the good work…

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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Cory

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#3 posted 1396 days ago

Rick: Thanks for the compliments. You’re absolutely right: dust does accumulate quickly!!!! I wish I had the drawer space to hold all my tools. I think that’s probably the best way to keep everything organized and dust free. When I grow up and have a shop like yours I’m going to build a 12’ long bench with nothing but drawers!

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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Rick Dennington

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#4 posted 1396 days ago

Cory,

There you go..but like lot of things, it takes time..You’ll have one someday, hopefully. A 12’ bench with drawers….. that should just about hold all your essentials… lol. One thing about dust…. you can never outrun it…...One thing about drawers….you can never have enough, and the kind you wear too…... One thing I’ve learned….a good dust collection system is a necessary evil in a woodshop…Keep it up..

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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sawblade1

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#5 posted 1396 days ago

Great idea, and job on the tool holder :)
Thanks for posting :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path elmerthomas81@neo.rr.com

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#6 posted 1396 days ago

Great idea on the tool holder. I hate peg board too. yours is a nice alternative. thanks for the photos

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#7 posted 1395 days ago

it sure looks good with such a system infront of a workbench or a table
but realy its not a pegboard so out with those nails now !! don´t cut corners now :-)

now you have forced me to check out the rest of the blogserie to see were ells you cut corners :-(

naa kidden you , but I will look thruogh them to see what ells there can be learned :-)

best thoughts
Dennis

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twokidsnosleep

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#8 posted 1394 days ago

Cool, really like it and will do the same….some day
Thanks for that link, really nice shop there.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#9 posted 1348 days ago

That looks so neat, I like it.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#10 posted 1192 days ago

Very nice. Will you do my shop?

-- Randy Morter, Phoenix, AZ

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Cory

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#11 posted 1192 days ago

Sure, no problem, Randy. Fly me out to Phoenix and I’ll build you just about anything you want!

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#12 posted 1191 days ago

I was afraid there’d be a catch.

-- Randy Morter, Phoenix, AZ

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