|Project by TheGman||posted 05-12-2015 03:09 AM||2960 views||4 times favorited||3 comments|
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.