French Cleat System

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Project by deucefour posted 09-14-2009 03:43 PM 22536 views 43 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is based on the woodwisperers french cleat system, Thanks Marc!!

I have updated the pics from the original posting, I found that the cleat works much better when it is at the top instead of the bottom, that way the weight if whatever you are holding presses against the rail and is less prone to fall off. I’m sure everyone knew this but me. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 09-14-2009 09:42 PM

Looks good. I can’t think of a better way to mount just about anything in the shop. The cleat rocks.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#2 posted 09-16-2009 07:57 AM

This system works great.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 09-17-2009 02:08 AM

I would like some more info on this, where can I find it?


-- Jeff, Fargo, ND

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#4 posted 09-17-2009 04:02 PM

I got this idea from one of the woodwisperers podcast at, Basically the strips that you see have a 45 degree cut that angles back against the wall, then you just make holders for your various tools that also have a 45 degree angle on its back that fits into the rail, the strips are about 3” wide, spaced 6-8” apart. I have added some pictures of the rail and holders. Sorry I can’t tell you which podcast it was, maybe the one on clamps. Hope this helps

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#5 posted 09-19-2009 05:30 AM

Love it. Inspired me to start my own today, but a little larger.

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#6 posted 10-07-2009 01:28 AM

Super – you must be a happy camper…

-- "The worst day fishing is better than the best day working!"

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#7 posted 10-29-2009 04:05 AM

Thanks for the input! trying to figure out how to put it into my garage. Got heat in it this weekend so I am good for winter!!

-- Jeff, Fargo, ND

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#8 posted 05-04-2010 01:02 AM

Very nice set up You have there. I have some wall space in My shop that could use some upgrading!!!

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#9 posted 02-18-2011 03:55 AM

Thanks for the spacing recommendations I starting on a French Cleat System my self this week end. I also got the idea from watching the woodwisperer.

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#10 posted 02-18-2011 04:13 AM


Looks like your strips are about 1/2” against the wall… with the holders 3/4” thick…

Is that correct?

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#11 posted 02-18-2011 04:56 AM

Thanks guys

Splashmaster – Yea I like watching his podcasts, I am about to wrap up the low entertainment center

Joe – Everything that is screwed to the wall is 1/2” ply, The holders for the individual tools vary in thickness depending on the tool that you are making a holder for. If you will look at the picture that I posted that holds the miter gauge, In hindsight I would make more material hang down for support (like the picture of the C clamps.) Hope that helps.


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#12 posted 05-31-2011 04:34 PM

I like it. I put one in part of my garage over the weekend. Mainly to hold my chargers, batteries, and cordless tools… I’ll be adding some more things in the coming weeks. I’ll post pictures

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#13 posted 04-01-2012 10:46 AM

I love this version of French cleat.
Lovely wall.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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