Twin French Cleats Installation Jig

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Project by Bricofleur posted 07-28-2015 07:17 PM 3145 views 31 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When came time to hang my new Breakfront Hand Tool Cabinet I designed a jig to easily and precisely locate where to secure the French Cleats into both the wall and the back of the cabinets.

Photo 1 : Secure a French Cleat scrap onto a strip as long as your cabinet height.
Photo 2 : Secure another French Cleat scrap one cleat away from the bottom.
Photo 3 : Secure the upper French Cleat on the wall and hang the jig from.
Photo 4 : Use the lower end of the jig to locate the lower French Cleat.
Photo 5 : Secure the lower French Cleat to all studs.
Photo 6 : The same jig, however reversed, will align the complementary cleats onto the back of the cabinets.

Thanks for looking and I hope it may help some day !



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#1 posted 07-28-2015 09:19 PM

I believe this may help me a lot in the future. If I ever finish my current project the shop is going to get a major cleaning and rearranging. I’ve considered the french cleat system, but don’t have the wall space right now. That may change later this fall. I will put this in favorites so I can find it when the time comes. Thanks for sharing this helpful idea.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#2 posted 07-28-2015 11:47 PM

Thanks for this post. I use French Cleats a lot but have never thought about creating such a handy jig. I will certainly be using your idea in the future.

-- Phil, North Carolina

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#3 posted 07-29-2015 12:03 AM


I’m way behind on shop cabinets. I will probably use this jig in the furure as you’ve done all the thinking for me. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 07-29-2015 12:42 AM

Thanks for sharing

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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#5 posted 07-29-2015 03:18 AM

You are the master problem solver my friend.
Thank you for sharing your talent.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#6 posted 07-29-2015 07:52 AM

Very,very clever solution!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 07-29-2015 11:38 AM

Thanks for the head slap, I will be using this jig in the near future. Lower cabinets are almost all complete and installed. 3 more then start on the uppers.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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#8 posted 07-29-2015 01:38 PM

What a great, simple idea. You’d laugh at all the acrobatics I’ve performed trying to line up French Cleats.

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#9 posted 07-29-2015 07:20 PM

Thank you all guys for your comments. I’m pleased to find out this jig could be useful to someone else.

By the way, if the scrap cleats on the plywood strip are not glued, screwed only, the same jig will last a life time for different heights.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#10 posted 07-30-2015 10:00 AM

Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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#11 posted 08-02-2015 05:13 PM

Grrrr8 stuff Serge.

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

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#12 posted 08-06-2015 06:05 PM

One of those things I should have thought of but didn’t.

-- If You Haven't Got the Time to Do It Right, When Will You Find the Time to Do It Over?

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#13 posted 08-10-2015 09:25 PM

A simple solution that will lower my blood pressure. Thanks.

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