My French Cleat System

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Blog entry by Sailor posted 01-23-2012 02:27 PM 7808 reads 12 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Have a look at my french cleat system in my shop. It’s a very versatile system that can easily adapt to your storage needs.

Check out my Youtube Channel for more videos,

Thanks for watching!

-- Dothan, Alabama Check out my woodworking blog! Also my Youtube Channel's Facebook page

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#1 posted 01-23-2012 04:20 PM

Thanks for posting! I’ve seen the french cleat a number of times over the years, but it’s always nice to get a fresh take on ideas. You’ve renewed my thoughts about incorporating this in to my shop soon…thanks again!

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#2 posted 01-23-2012 05:25 PM

You bet ked! I’m glad I fired you back up on french cleats! I really encourage you to give them a shot, they are simple and pretty darn quick to make.

-- Dothan, Alabama Check out my woodworking blog! Also my Youtube Channel's Facebook page

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#3 posted 01-23-2012 08:19 PM

Good video Sailor. I think I’m sold on french cleats now for when I re-do my garage. Take good care -d

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#4 posted 01-23-2012 08:54 PM

Awesome ideas Sailor! I like the way you are thinking outside of the box here and expanded the use of french cleats! My next project is a wall hanging tool cabinet that I will be using french cleats on. I may expand my thought process after this to include a few other storage options.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Chris Adkins,

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#5 posted 01-23-2012 09:40 PM

Looks good and thanks for the ideas. When I finished my shop walls this fall, I wrapped my whole shop with 3 rows of cleat now need to build all the device hanging gadgets and do-dads as I move back in. I look forward to seeing more of your ideas and will try to share some of mine as I come up with them

-- John H. [To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~Edison]

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#6 posted 01-24-2012 03:21 AM

Neat idea!

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#7 posted 01-24-2012 07:08 AM

Hey sailor – your system is looking great! Looks like you have a well organized workspace! I think building shop projects and jigs is just as fun as building the more elaborate woodworking pieces! When I get a shop, I will be building some cleats like yours! Thanks for the cool video!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#8 posted 01-28-2012 11:50 AM

great video sailor,thanks for sharing

-- Jesus is ok with me

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#9 posted 01-28-2012 05:49 PM

Thanks for the vid, very informative. Do you use hardwood or ply for the cleats?

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#10 posted 01-28-2012 11:14 PM

I used 3/4” plywood for the cleats.

-- Dothan, Alabama Check out my woodworking blog! Also my Youtube Channel's Facebook page

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#11 posted 01-29-2012 12:02 AM

Good job bud! I’m still working on getting my new shop space together in our basement, and I’m seriously thinking about some sections of cleats now. Thanks for sharing.

-- Follow my woodworking adventures in The Second Wind Workshop,

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#12 posted 02-16-2012 12:21 PM

Nice looking shop.
I’ve been using French cleats for a while now.
I don’t have as much wall space as I would like but it space I have is used wisely with the cleats.
Thanks for posting.

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#13 posted 02-16-2012 04:06 PM

Great Info, I’m going to try that. More often than not, its the simplest things that work the best.

-- John, Phoenix-AZ

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#14 posted 02-17-2012 05:07 AM

Thanx a whole bunch for sharing your cleat system – - – so simple and so effective! What other goodies have you tucked away? You know that I am going to use this system in my shop, don’t you?

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#15 posted 02-18-2012 02:52 PM

great idea!I have used this method in my shop, and also to fix our beds headboard to the wallgood wokeep up the good work! .

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