A French Makeover

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Blog entry by boxcarmarty posted 01-29-2015 04:34 AM 1585 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Things have finally slowed down a bit and I’ve taken this opportunity to do something for myself. I was offered a mess (small truckload) of 5/8’’ particle board, and decided it would be best fit as some shop cabinets to take care of the clutter. Now I would love to have a french maid come in and clean my shop as much as the next guy, but in this case, I would have to settle for a French cleat system to do the organizing. After hanging my first set of rails, I added some cleats to a cabinet that was already built and hung it on the wall. It left a 3/4’’ gap behind the cabinet.

That’s when I noticed that I would have a much cleaner look if I built the cabinets with the cleat recessed into the back so that they would hang flush. By moving the back in 3/4’’ and notching the sides for the rails, I was able to achieve the clean look I was looking for.

Here to the beginning of better storage…

Now I guess I’d best get busy buildin’ some doors and more…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#1 posted 01-29-2015 10:34 AM

Nice look and I’m gonna steal the notch idea.

-- Haming it up in the 'bash.

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#2 posted 01-29-2015 11:42 AM

Marty !
looking good…
French cleat cabinets…hmmmmm

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#3 posted 01-29-2015 11:44 AM

Looking good Marty… you find more stuff to fill them up…..nice work.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#4 posted 01-29-2015 12:00 PM

Super idea and craftsmanship! Really great utility for your shop. Enjoy new found neatness.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#5 posted 01-29-2015 12:20 PM

Great idea. That gap is a dust collector.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 01-29-2015 12:34 PM

Good to see the “Tool Museum” getting orjiganized….

-- 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 01-29-2015 12:50 PM

Light bulb moment! Thanks for sharing, Marty.

-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 01-29-2015 01:24 PM

Pretty cool, Marty.
Wish I’d have done that instead of screwing them to the studs.
There’s so many times I’ve wanted to rearrange them.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#9 posted 01-29-2015 01:35 PM

Neat trick, Marty. That cabinet will be filled up VERY soon, so you’d better make two!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#10 posted 01-29-2015 01:48 PM

Gr8 stuff Marty. Sounds like a good score on the wood. I’ve been considering that french maid…...OH,whoops, I mean french cleat system as well in the shop. That gives gr8 strength and keeps everything available to move later on, cuz, we all know, that is gonna happen. LOLw/Candy. “ding”

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 01-29-2015 01:58 PM

Roger, That movin’ thing comes from hangin’ around Stumpy too much…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#12 posted 01-29-2015 02:01 PM

Don, Others are already in the works, apparently I have a bunch ‘o crap….......

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#13 posted 01-29-2015 02:40 PM

Great idea on getting them to hang flush to the wall! I’ll be stealin that idea.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#14 posted 01-29-2015 03:11 PM

Looking great Marty. Seems like my work bench tops are always cluttered and running out of wall space to hang stuff. Your French cleat cabinet idea will come in handy when things need to be moved around. Stop in sometime Marty.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#15 posted 01-29-2015 09:40 PM

Particle board makes for nice flat and stable panels…. I’ll be that once you load those cabs up you don’t move them very often :^p

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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