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French Cleat Garage Organization

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Project by TheGman posted 05-12-2015 03:09 AM 2537 views 4 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my french cleat system I built last summer. I had some shelves here previously, and they were always a mess. It is amazing how far 3 sheets of 3/4” ply goes and how tightly you can pack stuff when you have a custom built storage solution.

I used 3” #10 screws to attach the cleats to the studs. It is extremely strong. I weigh 240 lbs and was able to hang from the shelve with no issues.

I also used a block plane to remove the sharp edge off of all the beveled pieces that sit in the wall cleat. I found that it is easy for dust to get built up in the cleat, and if you don’t create a little relief area, the attachment will not always engage properly.

This project was a lot of fun. I would try to make an attachment a night after work. It was refreshing to be able to start and finish a little project in a night. I was even able to get my kids involved. My 5 y/o made the little dowel hanger to hang his shovels and rakes.





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meyer138

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#1 posted 05-12-2015 04:27 AM

I think the French cleat system is one of the cleanest storage options around and yours looks great! What width did you do on the strips and how far apart?

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TheGman

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#2 posted 05-12-2015 05:15 PM



I think the French cleat system is one of the cleanest storage options around and yours looks great! What width did you do on the strips and how far apart?

- meyer138

Thank you. The wall cleat is 3” and the hanging cleat is 2”. I’ve edited my post to mention that it is a good idea to remove the edge off of the hanging cleat in order to create a little relief area for dust/dirt.

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#3 posted 05-15-2015 08:04 PM



I ve edited my post to mention that it is a good idea to remove the edge off of the hanging cleat in order to create a little relief area for dust/dirt.

Thanks for that tip. I’m in the process of cutting up plywood for french cleats to put in my garage.

-- Ray

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