French cleat racks (clamps, chisels, etc)

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Project by JasonD posted 12-31-2010 07:56 AM 9392 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I first set my shop up last year, I installed a French cleat system around the room. It’s a simple system using 1x pine with a 45 degree bevel cut on the top. Each of the racks has a mating piece of 1x pine with the 45 degree bevel reversed from the strip on the wall. It’s easy to create, allows me to move things around as needed, and very solid as far as hanging strength is concerned.

These pictures include a pipe clamp rack, a hand screw clamp rack, and a chisel rack. I got the original idea for the French cleat from a issue of Wood magazine last year.

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#1 posted 12-31-2010 09:50 AM

My favorite projects are the utilitarian for the shop ones! ;) good job.

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#2 posted 12-31-2010 01:05 PM

Jason, I couldn’t agree with you more. I enjoy using french cleats in my shop as well. It is a pretty solid and efficient way to hang cabinets, shelves etc. on the wall. It looks like your system helps organize your shop pretty well.

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#3 posted 12-31-2010 01:33 PM

All of this goes a long way towards organizing your shop which will save you a whole lot of time. Good work.

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#4 posted 12-31-2010 03:12 PM

Thank you for posting this. I’m going to use this in my own shop I am now putting together. I just googled “French Cleat” and found several other great uses – many of which were posted here on LJ. I never would have known about this without your post.

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#5 posted 12-31-2010 06:28 PM

Nice work and solid way of doing it.

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#6 posted 01-01-2011 06:47 AM

French Cleats are so incredibly easy and versatile. My daughter is using that for a shelf SHE’S building for her room!

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#7 posted 01-18-2011 06:32 AM

Thats some neat storage.

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#8 posted 07-14-2012 09:59 PM

I’m sold.

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#9 posted 07-21-2012 04:07 AM

I put this one up the next day and another also 2 assorie holders.

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