Garage shop upgrades #1: Cutting the french cleats

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Blog entry by channeleaton posted 03-01-2013 05:54 PM 6806 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The garage is a mess. Maybe that’s familiar to some of you. I decided to remedy this situation.

After scouring the web I’ve settled on a french cleat system on all three walls of the garage. The flexibility and the chance to improve my woodworking skills (minimal at this point) are what attracted me. So I set off to McCoy’s during lunch to get some nice 3/4” plywood.

Good God, this stuff isn’t cheap! Here’s my conversation with the salesman:

Me: “How much for 3/4” American Birch plywood?”

Salesman: ”$68.50 a sheet”

Me: “Holy **. Chinese Birch?”

Salesman: ”$36. Better?”

Me: “Only slightly. I’ll take two sheets.”

That night I got to cutting. And cutting. And cutting. I should have upgraded my circular saw blade from the stock one. Splinters galore!

After two evenings of cutting the plywood I sanded down the corners a bit.

Here’s the final product:

I’m working out of town on Saturday but I hope to get these cleats on the wall Sunday afternoon.

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#1 posted 03-01-2013 11:23 PM

make sure to show some finished pics.i’m thinking along the same lines as the french cleats.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 03-02-2013 02:32 AM

I like the french cleat systems I’ve seen on here. It’s on the project list.

Keep up posted.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#3 posted 03-02-2013 05:05 AM

You will love the french cleat system.
It looks/sounds like you are raring to go!!!

My recent install:

I agree with Sandra…
& Please post pictures!!!

-- 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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#4 posted 03-04-2013 08:12 PM


I too started my french cleat system over the last couple of weeks and have been adding to it. I would like to create a fixture that will hold pipe clamps. i have about 30 and was thinking of setting up eight to a fixture. What do you think? Your cleats look great!

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#5 posted 03-05-2013 08:17 PM


Here’s a project that has a clamp rack:

I’ve seen several others as well.

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