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Workshop Development #41: Workshop library lessons learned. Use more screws and bigger cleats...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 771 days ago 974 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 40: Pnuematic improvements... Part 41 of Workshop Development series Part 42: Fixing a stupid mistake. »

Note to anyone wanting to use a French Cleat system to support anything with any reasonable amount of weight on it. Do NOT make 1.25” wide cleats that are only held on every other stud….

Just sayin’....

Now mine are 2” with 2 screws in every stud…. Woo Hoo!

And yes, I underbuilt this thing, not imagining I would ever have nearly as much weight on it as I ended up with, and yes I did something insanely stupid…

Somehow, with working one day out of my weekend, AND spending most of the day I did have off clothes shopping with my wife (it was next to Harbor Freight okay?) I actually managed to get more shop time in this weekend than I have managed in the past month… Of course the ceiling is still only half painted in the living room but that’s for a different time…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com



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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 771 days ago

I have pictures in my brain of a cabinet starting to lean as it pulls out the French cleat. Hope you caught it in time…........(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#2 posted 771 days ago

I did…

Note to self. Library cabinet top should NOT be used as another lumber rack shelf… Need I say more?

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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sillac

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#3 posted 771 days ago

Am I over building? My “cleats” are about 4 inches wide, and when I put up a cabinet I put 2, 3 inch screws through the cleat into each 2×6 stud on 16 in centers, that will be covered by the cabinet. I also screw through the back of the cabinet into the studs. If you look at my small parts cabinet that thing weighs a ton, well maybe that much, but some of the containers are over 20 lbs. I would hate to have to pick all the small parts off the floor and resort them.

-- Steve in Oregon,

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dbhost

5378 posts in 1834 days


#4 posted 771 days ago

No 2×6 studs available to screw into, just 2×4… Not sure you are over, or under building. I sized my cleats by some designs I had seen in shop notes. I thought it seemed flaky to me. I am about to rip out the cleats holding my tool cabs and re do them as well…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#5 posted 770 days ago

Yep, been there myself, in the nick of time. I think competancy can be measured by the number of mistakes you have made….......and then learned from. I don’t even want to go into my world at work…..but it is somewhat similar….......(-:

.........the key part, is the learning…........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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