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A Till of Tills (A.K.A. french cleats)

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Project by comboprof posted 08-08-2014 02:30 AM 2486 views 23 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had to build a wall separating my side of the two car garage from parking for my above the garage tenants. I choose to cover my side with 5/8 AC plywood. Simultaneously I came down with the affliction known as rust hunting and my poor excuse for a bench became covered with rusted tools and restorations. I ran out of room to do anything. So I put up French cleats and began making tool tills. This cleared my bench and I was ready to work on some serious projects. Or so I thought …. see what my bench looks like now.

I guess I need re-think the plane till and now that I am in love with hand tools I need to make a roubo bench.

Scrap, oak, mahogany, cherry, birds-eye maple, hemlock, birch, were used in the making of the tills. The french cleats are 3/4 inch Oak cut at 45 degrees. Some of the tills are finished with tung oil and poly, some remain unfinished. Also some of the tools still are in need of restoration. I just had to get them up so I had room for more. This space is only 6 feet wide I have about 18 feet in total I could cover with the cleats. Some would be hard to get to because of the power tools.

-- -- Cheers, Don K. (Michgan's Kewenaw peninsula)





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#1 posted 08-08-2014 02:42 AM

Looks Great! Everything at hand and in place. Very nice.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#2 posted 08-08-2014 03:05 AM

Thanks. It was really fun to build the the tool holders. A good diversion from the tool restoration. I also think by make the holders special, I’ll be more inclined to hang them back up.

-- -- Cheers, Don K. (Michgan's Kewenaw peninsula)

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#3 posted 08-08-2014 03:14 AM

very nice system.i love my french cleat system.you’ve got some good looking hand tools,thanks for sharing!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#4 posted 08-08-2014 07:47 AM

Nice system, Don K! Gotta get this done in my shop. Really like the bow saw! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 08-08-2014 07:57 AM

Thanks whitebeast88 and CFrye The bow saw was a gift from my Wife about 25 years ago. The blade is made from a bandsaw blade.

P.S. Its 4:00am EST so I guess someone else can’t sleep tonight or did you just come home from your shift?

-- -- Cheers, Don K. (Michgan's Kewenaw peninsula)

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#6 posted 08-08-2014 08:12 AM

3 am here. One night off between night shifts. Keeping the biorhythms somewhat aligned. Nice gift. How is the blade secured?

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 08-08-2014 09:49 AM

Candy The blade as I recall is pinned into a slot that was made into a round tenon (dowel). I’ll take it apart later this morning (if I can) and take some closeup photos, which I’ll post here.

-- -- Cheers, Don K. (Michgan's Kewenaw peninsula)

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#8 posted 08-08-2014 10:29 AM

That’d be great, Don K!

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 08-08-2014 11:44 AM

Candy Here is a closeup on how the blade is secured in the bow saw.

-- -- Cheers, Don K. (Michgan's Kewenaw peninsula)

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#10 posted 08-08-2014 12:50 PM

Pinned, I see. It’s a beautiful saw. Do you know who made the saw? Is it carved or bent? Sorry for hijacking your post!

-- God bless, Candy

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#11 posted 08-08-2014 01:22 PM

Great build, Don. Shows how much you love the vintage tools…more than cheap pegboard! :)

Thanks for sharing!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#12 posted 08-08-2014 01:53 PM



Pinned, I see. It s a beautiful saw. Do you know who made the saw? Is it carved or bent? Sorry for hijacking your post!

- CFrye

Yes I still have the tag:

and here is a close up:

It was carved or rather shaped maybe by machine. The center spreader is mortis and tenon. The wood is cherry. The visible part of the blade measures 12.5 inches and it is top to bottom 10.25 inches.

-- -- Cheers, Don K. (Michgan's Kewenaw peninsula)

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#13 posted 08-08-2014 01:59 PM

terryR Your welcome. Yes I have fallen head or heals for vintage tools both hand and power. I figure if I have a nice place to to put them they will be more likely to be put away when I am done with them. So I dove in and used some pricey hardwood and cleats where I could otherwise skimped with cheaper material. I did keep it to all local hardwood, because I thought that is the way it should be. I need to work in some more local wood. Ironwood, elm, red-maple, etc.

-- -- Cheers, Don K. (Michgan's Kewenaw peninsula)

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#14 posted 08-08-2014 06:26 PM

Nice display of tool very handy indeed.

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#15 posted 08-08-2014 09:22 PM

I swear I can a few of those old tools smiling Don…lol
Very nice job my friend.

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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