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Project by thewoodwhisperer posted 03-03-2007 06:03 AM 12398 views 10 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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4’ x 8’ wall storage system with French cleats. The entire system is modular and completely customizable.

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Obi

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#1 posted 03-03-2007 06:16 AM

I just lost a little faith in ya, Bud, I saw a “store-bought” taper jig on your wall.

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cabinetman

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#2 posted 03-03-2007 07:09 AM

Obi

It’s OK cause it’s blue.

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thewoodwhisperer

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#3 posted 03-03-2007 08:08 AM

Amen to that. I replaced my pink one years ago.

-- For free video tutorials and other cool woodworking stuff, check out http://www.TheWoodWhisperer.com

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David

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#4 posted 03-03-2007 08:18 AM

Nice work Mark! Waiting for the next installment of your desk n your website! Thanks for the intro on SketchUp.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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MsDebbieP

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#5 posted 03-03-2007 01:48 PM

looks nice.
Ok I have to ask—what’s a cleat? / French cleat?
I’ve been waiting for a couple weeks now, hoping someone would give me a clue in one of their messages/pictures but I’ve seen the word but never been able to decypher it. Well, I guess I could look it up hahaha and no one would be any the wiser.

too late … hitting the post button

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thewoodwhisperer

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#6 posted 03-03-2007 05:21 PM

Lol. A cleat is usually a strip of wood that is attached to one surface so that something else can sit upon it. You can use put a strip of wood on a wall before putting cabinets up and the cabinets will rest on that piece of wood. That would be a cleat. A French cleat is a very cool way of hanging cabinets or just about anything on the wall. So instead of a simple strip of wood on the wall, you put a strip who’s top edge has a 45 degree angle cut in it. The angle faces away from the wall. When installed correctly, you wont see the beveled edge when looking at it straight on.

Then you simply take another one of the beveled strips and place that upside down on the back of your cabinet. You can then hang the cabinet on the cleat and the 45 degree cuts will interlock on the wall.

Pictures are much better than words in this case:
http://www.newwoodworker.com/frenchcleat.html

-- For free video tutorials and other cool woodworking stuff, check out http://www.TheWoodWhisperer.com

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MsDebbieP

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#7 posted 03-03-2007 08:38 PM

exactly what I thought it was
phew.. good thing I didn’t let anyone know that I had no clue what it was!!!
:)

Thanks for the info – and the link.
I can finally get some sleep at night.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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schroeder

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#8 posted 03-03-2007 11:00 PM

Great idea! (which I will, of course be stealing…). Very nice to see such craftsmanship in jigs and storage. Thanks for posting it.

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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Karson

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#9 posted 03-03-2007 11:05 PM

I’ve hung kitchen cabinets like that but never knew that it had a name. Those French people don’t have a very good information network.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Karson

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#10 posted 03-03-2007 11:12 PM

Eagle America has a router bit to cut these but its only 1/4” deep so I wouldn’t hang anything real heavy They say mirrors and pictures.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Obi

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#11 posted 03-04-2007 12:35 AM

And see? All that nice woodworking was missed because I got distracted by some dumb store bought taper jig. I’m sorry Marc. There i went straining at a gnat and choking on a camel.

French cleats are really cool.

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Kevin Wilson

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#12 posted 10-13-2007 12:49 AM

Ok, I know this is late and all…I’m a newer member and just now getting to look at some of these projects, but the whole gnat and camel comment from Obi just blew my mind!

I’ll be using that!

-- Can't never did nothin' - Grampa Knapp

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