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Blog entry by mafe posted 02-01-2014 08:36 PM 6067 reads 6 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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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#1 posted 02-01-2014 08:44 PM

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 02-01-2014 09:00 PM

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 02-01-2014 09:18 PM

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 02-01-2014 09:45 PM

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 02-01-2014 10:42 PM

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 02-01-2014 10:50 PM

Very handy. Well done.

-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

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#7 posted 02-02-2014 02:51 AM

That’s awesome Mads. Well hung hammers.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 02-02-2014 05:42 AM

I friggin love this.

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - out_of_focus1.618

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#9 posted 02-02-2014 05:58 AM

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

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#10 posted 02-02-2014 02:25 PM

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

-- I never finish anyth

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#11 posted 02-02-2014 04:48 PM

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 02-03-2014 02:12 AM

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

-- Galootish log blog,

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#13 posted 02-03-2014 03:57 AM

Cute. I will just reproduce yours.

-- Byung Soo Kim, Seoul, S.Korea

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#14 posted 02-03-2014 09:39 AM

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 02-03-2014 12:59 PM

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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