Workshop Build #17: Cleats - Getting things on the wall

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Blog entry by ~Julie~ posted 05-15-2010 08:06 PM 5343 reads 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Time to get supplies, especially clamps arranged and off the floor. I got my ideas from a few woodworking magazines that I have.

Here’s the wall where the racks will go, in my front assembly room:

empty wall

I am using the French Cleat system and will have two rows of cleats on three walls of the shop. They are attached with screws every 16”, where the studs are under the OSB. My cleats are painted white, the same colour as the shop walls, that way they don’t stand out:

wall cleat

I have a rack that is made for screwdrivers. I drilled holes along a piece of scrap maple, then cut a dado in another piece of scrap to fit this piece. It is then glued and screwed in from the back, with a cleat attached.

screwdriver rack

Since I had a magnet strip for holding chisels and assorted tools, I just screwed that strip into a maple board and attached a cleat.

magnet strip

I don’t have a lot of clamps, but what I have always seemed to be on the floor somewhere… no more! I set my clamps on wood pieces to see how much space I would need around them. My Bessey’s need more room side to side than my F clamps. The clamp racks are made on a slight angle upwards so that the clamps don’t slip off:

clamp rack

To make the slots I just used a system similar to making box joints on a table saw, easily done:

cutting slots

I also decided on a pegboard rack. I had a piece of pegboard so I made the frame to match the size that I already had. The frame has a rabbet on the front face to hold the pegboard. Screws are put in around the edges:

pegboard closeup

It can hold all sorts of things with the different hooks you can buy:

Here are the racks as they currently sit, but they are easily moved around:
racks up

Today I am working on finishing up two bookcases to hold all my woodworking magazines and books. They will also go on the cleats. I will post them in a few days, when finished.

I didn’t go into much detail, because cleats have been done here many times, but I will gladly give directions, sizes, etc. if anyone asks. be continued…

-- ~Julie~

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#1 posted 05-15-2010 08:39 PM

Very good system Julie. The more flexible a shop is the more efficient and comfortable to work in. You’ve made a great start there. I wish I had done that when I built my shop.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 05-15-2010 09:43 PM

Hi Julie,
Thats really nice, and I like that you keep the wall and wall mount white.
I have decided to make me a whole bunch of little toolcabinets, that can be easily transportet, and then hung on the wall the same way as your system, so I’m happy to see it in reality (I have now metal plate, and find it not a match for old tools).
Here you can see my little toolcabinet made of a old winebox.
Thank you for sharing.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#3 posted 05-15-2010 09:44 PM
Ups here are the link.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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naomi weiss

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#4 posted 05-15-2010 11:20 PM

It looks beautiful. Wow—2 bookcases of WW literature?! Can you post the photos of the filled shelves when you’re done?

-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor

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#5 posted 05-16-2010 01:53 AM

Thanks all for the comments. Nice use of the wine boxes Mafe.

Oh Naomi, they’re not that big. They will hang on the cleats so I didn’t want to make them too large in case they became too heavy. They are each 30” tall by about 24” wide, with one fixed shelf. I really should have made more than 2 because I think they will be filled up almost immediately. I have a lot of old woodworking magazines that will be housed there.

-- ~Julie~

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#6 posted 05-20-2010 11:39 PM

Per usual Julie, you not only do nice work, but you create a great story line to boot! The cleat system is a great idea – the mobility of it allows for flexibility as your shop evolves. I went the peg board route in my shop.

-- Harold

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#7 posted 05-24-2010 04:50 AM

Hang in there LOL good job

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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