French Cleat Tool Storage

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Project by April Wilkerson posted 02-15-2014 03:44 AM 16495 views 53 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been storing my power tools in an old cabinet until I could build something else. I’m not a huge fan of cabinet storage in the first place but I’m really not a fan of it for corded tools. When I first saw a french cleat system used to organize a garage I knew immediately it was the system I wanted for my tools. So I spent last weekend putting it together.

The brace on the back wall is beveled at a 45 then each custom holder has a cleat on the back that is also cut at a 45. So I can hang the holder anywhere along the brace and gravity does the rest.

I like it because of how flexible it is and also how visible and accessible it makes the tools.

I’ve posted step by step instructions on each holder on my personal blog here.

-- Wilkerson

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#1 posted 02-15-2014 03:54 AM

The french cleat system is a great way to organize things in the shop. Cool idea with individual racks for each tool.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 02-15-2014 04:20 AM

Super nicely done and so usable and handy!

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#3 posted 02-15-2014 04:33 AM

I think I’ve now seen the system I want for my tools!!!....great stuff Wilker!!!

-- regards, cyclops4069

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#4 posted 02-15-2014 08:03 AM

Very neat and orderly.


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#5 posted 02-15-2014 08:06 AM

First I looked at the picture, thought maybe it was a display in a Hardware store… Great idea. I have set us several tools with their own station..

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#6 posted 02-15-2014 11:41 AM

That paint brush has an attitude, and I like it!

-- Anything worth doing, is worth over-doing.

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#7 posted 02-15-2014 01:13 PM

I love using French cleats, never thought of hanging all of my power tools on them separately, great idea, love the paintbrush

-- steve, simple and effective

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#8 posted 02-15-2014 01:48 PM

Nice system April. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#9 posted 02-15-2014 01:57 PM

very nice and organized!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#10 posted 02-15-2014 03:11 PM

Thanks everyone! I’m glad y’all like it. I like it so much better than the old cabinet I had them in where they were just kinda piled ontop of one another. Now I get to get rid of the cabinet and use that space for something else.

Oh and the paint brush…haha, yeah that’s Harvey. I call him my shop mascot. Anybody who comes into my shop has a good time going over and filling in his thought bubble. : )

-- Wilkerson

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#11 posted 02-15-2014 04:27 PM

A few well placed magnets might be a thought, like counter bored flush under the circular saw … just in case it gets bumped. I use them to hold my planes in place.
This is a great idea, thanks for the post.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#12 posted 02-15-2014 04:32 PM

The more I see these cleats in use here on LJs, the more I know that I’ll be using them (WHEN I get a shop built!)

Nice job customizing them for each tool.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#13 posted 02-15-2014 04:42 PM

Yes, I actually played around with using a magnet for the saw but didn’t have one powerful enough to grab it through the wood…so instead I made a latch from some scraps laying around from previous cuts. I wasn’t able to upload a photo because it said I reached my limit, but if you follow the link to my blog you can see how I keep it in place.

I’ve never heard of a counter bored flush, but will look it up so next time I’ll have that as an option to try. ; ) Thanks for the suggestion.

-- Wilkerson

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#14 posted 02-15-2014 06:30 PM

Great idea. I will have to think about this in my new shop. After the insulation and wall panels go up. I looked at your blog site. A lot of energy there. I bookmarked it for future ideas.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#15 posted 02-15-2014 06:32 PM

Looks great! I especially like that you can move everything around so if you’re using something more on one project than another you can move it to where it’s most convenient.

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