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French Cleat Storage System

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Project by garbonsai posted 463 days ago 2819 views 10 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This past weekend, I finally got around to sussing out how in the heck to store my growing cadre of pipe clamps (for those unaware, Harbor Freight carries an excellent 3/4” pipe clamp with base for $8.47 after 20% off coupon and tax, and you can get black pipe cut and threaded at Home Depot—the first two cuts/threads are free), parallel bar clamps (Menards had the Jorgensen’s on sale a few weeks back, and the two I bought are quickly becoming my favorite clamps), and the sleds and jigs I'd already built or plan on building soon.

After noodling around on Google (I tend to do that a lot), I came across episode 106 of The Wood Whisperer, wherein Marc shows off his French Cleat Storage System. If it’s good enough for him, well, I’m sure it’ll more than meet my meager needs. So, down to the shop I went, and after a trip out to the shed to snag the longer 3/4” plywood cut-offs I had left over from various other projects, I went to work. I guessed at the measurements, and once I’d gotten a few things cut, I realized I probably over-built the silly thing (I tend to do that a lot, too). Oh well. The only downside is I need larger scraps to make more hangers and pegs. No biggie.

Everything went together easily, and the results speak for themselves. I couldn’t be happier, and I’ve been floating on cloud nine now that my pipe clamps aren’t in a pile on the floor in the laundry room, waiting to stub a toe or trip someone in the dark. All in all, highly recommended as a way of storing things up and out of the way, especially if you have a tiny shop.

Thanks for looking!

-- Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.





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blackcherry

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#1 posted 463 days ago

garbonsai I really don’t know what I like more the storage rack or your name very creative on both parts…thanks for posting BC

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whitebeast88

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#2 posted 463 days ago

great looking rack,nice job.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Douglas

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#3 posted 463 days ago

Nice system, well done.

But those HF pipe clamp hardware absolutely suck. I couldn’t believe how useless they were… well, I could but I was hoping for an HF gems, these weren’t. Maybe you got lucky. BTW, nice bandsaw and planer… I have those exact ones too!

-- Douglas in Chicago - http://dcwwoodworks.com

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Ken90712

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#4 posted 462 days ago

Well done, looks great,

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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TimWood

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#5 posted 462 days ago

Well deserving top 3! There is no substitute for organization. That’s a project that every time you walk through and look at it, you’ll smile and say “Yeahhhhh”.

-- Tim Harrelson

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garbonsai

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#6 posted 462 days ago

@blackcherry: Thanks! I’ve been using the moniker for quite a few years now. Hopefully I can say the same about the storage system in the future.

@dcward: What didn’t you like about them? And are you sure they’re the same ones? HF carries three different ones—the 3/4” with base linked above, a 3/4” without the base, and a 1/2” without the base. I’ve not tried either of those two, but the other ones work great. 5 stars on HF’s website, and they seem to get “stuck” (requiring a tap on the release with a hammer) far less often than the two Pony’s. I did have one bad one though—I threaded it on the pipe, and as soon as I tried tightening it, it bound up. So, back to HF it went—lifetime warranty, for the win.

@TimWood: Very true. It’s seems silly, but my mental anguish over disorganization and trip-hazards has been greatly reduced.

-- Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

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#7 posted 461 days ago

now that’s organization! I want it!

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TimWood

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#8 posted 461 days ago

I just wonder what kind of time I spend over the course of a year looking for things?? There are some areas of my shop that are perfect….I can go at any time to this or that and put my hands on it but other areas?? Chaos and over a year, I’ll spend quite a few hours looking for things.

-- Tim Harrelson

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#9 posted 461 days ago

Love your shop, very neat and organized. Great job on the effective storage system!

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garbonsai

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#10 posted 458 days ago

@Fishinbo: Thanks!

-- Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

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