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Hammer hanger
for the French cleat

Ok; some of you were after me, this for letting my first project in the new shop be a stick…
The truth actually is that I was working on this also, but the stick was done first.
This is so much more! This is 12 sticks!!!
Dam you, I’m a bad ass, 12 sticks, glue and bamboo pins.

So as many times before we start with a sketch.
Btw, this blog is a mess… So if you want to make one, start guessing, you will need it.
No measures, I just did as I went.
(Ohh yes and pls. do not turn the French cleat as the first sketch)...

Started by cutting up some wood.

Not just some wood, but the leftovers from the floor guy.
Thought it was a fine way to recycle and put some of the new shop soul into the shop wall.

Making a bunch of sticks.

Cutting laps.

Just repeat.


That’s really all there is to it. ;-)

And we got a stick with cuts.

I made a French cleat in ash also for this, thought it would be wrong to mix wood…

Again some laps.

Tenons are cut on the table saw.

Mortises by hand.

Lovely to do timber framing in scale here. Smiles.

Looks as if we have a pair.

And a fit!

The show must go on.
Hot red wine, spiced and with a touch of rome, that’s good on a cold day, where the wind brings the could to the bones.

So I think all the parts are there now.

Time to drill for the pins.

Like this I can pin it with bamboo pins, just using the BBQ sticks.

The rest is just glue and pinning.

The holdfast is there to secure a flat fit to the wall after.
If you look just behind the holdfast on the workbench, you can see my hammer mess, they have been living there in a tray up until now.

Pin’n glue.
Left to dry overnight, then a little shavings and scraping for finish.

And it’s up!
Now the hammers are easy to get.

Free of the workbench, so I have more work space.

The favorites are on the sides, so they fast and easy get to use.

Look how easy now to get the right one for the job.

The song:

Hope this little blog can inspire others; to keep their tools in order and right at hand.

Best thoughts,

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

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 202 days ago

Nice one Mads
It wood look good over here :)
Good to see you back in your Retreat


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 202 days ago

Super use of existing space!

My only trouble would be that the hammer I wanted to use would always be in the back!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 202 days ago

Good for you Mads.
You clever old coot. You will have that wall packed soon.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 202 days ago

I think you need to add a pipe rack after looking around the bench a little ;)

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#5 posted 202 days ago

10/10 Mads. Great project and nice results. Good use of wood and space. Congrats.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#6 posted 202 days ago

Very handy. Well done.

-- Living is a constant gamble, life is about working the odds in your favour

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#7 posted 202 days ago

That’s awesome Mads. Well hung hammers.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#8 posted 201 days ago

I friggin love this.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#9 posted 201 days ago

Well Thought Mads.
There is always something to learn from you.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#10 posted 201 days ago

Great project Mads! I like the BBQ pins- good way to use them in the winter.

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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#11 posted 201 days ago

Great storage solution Mads.
The miniature timber framing is simply lovely.

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bête mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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#12 posted 201 days ago

I love the reference to the timber framing style. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#13 posted 201 days ago

Cute. I will just reproduce yours.

-- Byung Soo Kim, Seoul, S.Korea

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#14 posted 200 days ago

Getting hammered in your shop must be fun Mads. Nicely done project and good organizing. My little shop could sure use a brain like yours!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 200 days ago

Handy Dandy work Mads… Getting about time for me to start cleaning my French cleats up as well. Think I will put this awesome post in my pocket as inspiration to get off my lazy butt and get it done…lol

As usual… Enjoyed the blog my friend…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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