French cleat storage system for hand tools

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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 03-01-2013 06:26 PM 11457 reads 14 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A new method for storing my hand tools and allow me to get rid of my pegboard. I decided on using french cleats to hang screwdrivers, pliers and other items. It’s a really flexible system that lets you get creative customizing it.

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#1 posted 03-01-2013 06:31 PM

Great idea! I don’t really like pegboard either, I should really make one of some of these for my tools. Thanks for the idea!

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#2 posted 03-01-2013 06:36 PM

Brilliant. Nicely done Steve. One of these days I really need to tackle my nightmarish pegboard wall too. Thanks for the great ideas.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#3 posted 03-01-2013 06:36 PM

Very cool, Steve! I might have to do something similar.

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#4 posted 03-01-2013 06:56 PM

Another good one, Steve!

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#5 posted 03-01-2013 06:59 PM


I experimented with the French Cleat a few years ago… A Key is to have a solid background behind the Wall cleats… no support = Hangers will not “hang” very well…

I can see that approach working with Sliding sections, hinged Door Panels, etc.

Your approach worked out nicely!

... and, of course, making the ‘hangers’ is fun & takes a little imagination, etc. etc. LOL

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#6 posted 03-01-2013 07:07 PM

Good choice on going “international” & dumping the pegboard!!! I like your hand saw holders!
I have always hated pegboard!!!
So, in planning my shop setup, I quickly decided upon a french cleat system of storage. I recently completed several shelves, tool hangers & chisel racks.

Pictures to prove it!!!

The cleats:

Chisel racks:

One of two Shelves:

Against the wall & spread ‘em!:

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#7 posted 03-01-2013 07:16 PM

Steve some great ideas

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#8 posted 03-01-2013 09:21 PM

Ahhhh thats awesome i hate my peg board, you have given me a project for this dreary wet weekend.

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#9 posted 03-01-2013 09:28 PM

Great job as always.

Maybe you can give your cold to Ted from Teds Woodworking. :-)

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#10 posted 03-01-2013 09:53 PM

I have a large 4×8 sheet of plywood on the wall and have french cleat strips. For most tools I pretty much have a block of wood with one or two dowls in it instead of customizing for each tool. i.e. Two offset dowls would hold must about any shaped handle saw. Two dowels will also old any hammer or could be used for a pair of shears or other things.

I also have some small aluminum boxes about a foot long and 3” wide. I mounted them to cleats to hold things like old drills that need sharpening.

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#11 posted 03-01-2013 10:26 PM

I’ve done something similar, using a track and trolley system I first saw in an article at American Woodworker called Hyper-Organize Your Shop. I’m building a few more specifically-dedicated components.

The first pic shows my drill bit holder and part of the drill holster/charging station. (The rest is visible in photo 2). The big-bit holder is temporary and will soon be replaced with something a bit more refined.

Lots more in the second pic; a “paper rack” for sandpaper, owner’s manuals and project plans, cleaning supplies and paper towel holder, sanding mouse and paper, iron and edge-banding supplies, bottle tote, and a shop shelf for tools in use, markers, tape, etc.

ETA: It looks like it clipped my pictures, but you can still see most of what I described.

I’m planning more storage for finishing supplies, and expanding it to cover other garage storage like gardening and cleaning supplies, pool chemicals and the like. By spreading the railing around the garage where ever I want to store or use something, I can rearrange things on the spur of the moment as needed.

I’ll be adapting several of Steve’s components to my rail system, too. Nice work, Steve. :)

-- Don

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#12 posted 03-02-2013 01:18 AM

Such an simple project, but so cool.

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#13 posted 03-02-2013 03:27 AM

Very nicely done. I like the simplicity of your hooks for the specific tools.

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#14 posted 03-02-2013 04:33 AM

I use em too. Very handy. Good work. You will love the versatility

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#15 posted 03-02-2013 09:58 AM

One of my metal peg board systems is hung on a french cleat… lol

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