French cleat garage storage system #1: Starting my largest storage project ever

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Blog entry by jeffreythree posted 09-23-2009 02:57 AM 9700 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I decided the other day that those nifty french cleats would look real cool on my garage wall for modular, adjustable storage. My wife has a hard time dodging my tools, I can’t help bringing home new ones, and I cannot get to some to use them without 15 minutes of rearranging. The 20’ long wall I picked was relatively barren other than some yard tool holders and an extension cord holder. It is about 9’ to the ceiling and I have chosen to space the 3” cleats with 3-1/2” between them and take them down to about 24” from the floor. I had time the other day to rip some random oak boards I had laying 3” with a 45 degree angle on the backside. Today, I decided to attach what I had to the wall and get a sense of the project. I used countersunk 4” deck screws to attach everything to the walls. I also found out that 16”OC could mean 15,18,20, you name it, and it could vary on the straightness of the stud. The lengths of oak cleat were random, and most were trimmed down to fit between the wall to the left and the breaker box. All told, I will need to rip 220 linear feet to go on the walls. It’s a good thing this wood came cheap on craigslist. The pic shows some of the wood I am using in the bottom left, the start of the cleats, and about a 10th of my wood collection. Next up is ripping some more boards down to cleats and building some storage solutions to hang on what is up to get myself some breathing room.
French cleats on the wall

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#1 posted 09-23-2009 02:15 PM

I myself had the same thought the other day o use the french cleats. I’ll be intrested to see how yours turns out.

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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#2 posted 09-23-2009 02:43 PM

The french cleats are great for mounting cabinets. I have used them for all the cabinets in my shop, but they are more or less permanently placed. Your modular arrangement idea is a better and more flexible solution. I’m sure you will like it a lot.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 09-23-2009 03:05 PM

Can’t wait to see what you come up with to store all of those tools. Looks like fun!

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#4 posted 09-29-2009 01:54 AM

Looks nice so far!

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