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Another French Cleat Wall

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Project by boatz posted 07-22-2015 01:18 PM 8449 views 13 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another French cleat wall. The background is three sheets of 4’ x 4’ birch plywood and the cleats are poplar. The 4’x4’ sheets were easier to mount by myself than 4’x8’ sheets. My thanks for inspiration to Frank Howarth on YouTube and BigRedKnotHead on Lumberjocks.

-- You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes you just might find, you'll get what you need





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cmmyakman

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#1 posted 07-22-2015 02:47 PM

Awesome idea and looks really sharp! I have 2×4’s on the wall with the French Cleat cut out. I like this idea much more and plan to rip out what I have and do what you did. Thank you for posting.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#2 posted 07-22-2015 02:54 PM

Nicely done. My next shop will definitely have something similar. I currently have several wall units attached with French cleats, but no real adjustable storage, which is much more flexible. IMHO the French cleat “system” is by far the most flexible way to go, and it appears you have done it well.
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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RogerBean

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#3 posted 07-22-2015 02:54 PM

Nicely done. My next shop will definitely have something similar. I currently have several wall units attached with French cleats, but no real adjustable storage, which is much more flexible. IMHO the French cleat “system” is by far the most flexible way to go, and it appears you have done it well.
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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Ruh

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#4 posted 07-22-2015 04:22 PM

Thanks for sharing. I’m working on adding small storage boxes with a cleat system around my outfeed/assembly table. Having glue, small tools, etc. handy that I can move around the table and hang with the cleats seems like a great way to keep the top cleaned off but everything handy. Great work.

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todd4390

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#5 posted 07-22-2015 05:02 PM

Very nicely done. I’m curious though as to how you hang your crosscut sled from the french cleats.

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Bill_Steele

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#6 posted 07-22-2015 06:43 PM

It very nice. It’s more than just functional it’s aesthetically appealing as well.

#todd4390 – I might be wrong—but it looks like he has drilled a couple holes and is using 2 of those single post hangers.

Did you mount the 3 pieces of plywood directly to the wall? At first I thought all three panels were mounted to another field—which is bordered by the trim—but the more I look it appears to be mounted directly to the wall. The trim definitely gives it a more polished look and I like how you have the same reveal on the sides and bottom.

Can you give us a few detailed pics of the attachments?

Thanks.

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Northwest29

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#7 posted 07-22-2015 08:24 PM

Great job! I love the flexibility you have built into your wall storage. Thanks for the share.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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RPhillips

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#8 posted 07-22-2015 11:19 PM

Looks good, I’m in the process of building one too. I have the cleats mounted but still need to make more holders/shelves.

Curious, what are the long vertical pieces with the dowel and sides for?

Thanks for sharing!

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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boatz

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#9 posted 07-22-2015 11:31 PM

I appreciate all the kind comments. Here are answers to the questions.
In order to mount on the wall by myself, I mounted a 1” thick piece of red oak. I could then lift the boards and rest them on the strip. While I screwed the boards directly to the wall. I put a 1/8” strip on the red oak then removed it after I screwed the board to the wall. I didn’t want the strips bearing the weight.

I screwed and glued the cleats to the 1/2” birch plywood and put 2 coats of Arm-R-All on them before I mounted to the wall.

The table slaw sled is indeed mounted on single posts with a 3/4” oak dowel:

Here are some additional pictures of other mounts:

I also have a 110” Bora clamp mounted on the top with small “shelves”

-- You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes you just might find, you'll get what you need

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boatz

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#10 posted 07-22-2015 11:34 PM

RPhillips – Those are workbench top I-beams. I use them to elevate my workpiece for clamping and gluing

-- You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes you just might find, you'll get what you need

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BoardCop

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#11 posted 07-23-2015 02:10 AM

Very nice!

-- Angie, If dogs don't go to heaven, then when I die I want to go where they go!

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Ted Ewen

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#12 posted 07-23-2015 10:14 AM

Having just learned of this method (I’m just learning all of them, this one just took my fancy this week), I’ve been on the lookout for inspiration, and you’ve delivered it in spades. One of the unexpected pleasure of LJ is that i go looking for one thing and find a dozen more along with it. Your I-beams for example, and the way you made the pegs for the saw blade case and whatever that thing with the Mitre 1000 is :D

So, from a complete beginner, thanks.

-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.

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