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.
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