Tool Cabinet with Cleats

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Project by Seankub posted 154 days ago 1548 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One 4 ’ x 8’ x 3/4” sheet of Maple plywood = a nice new tool cabinet. I have incorporated french cleats to organize the tools. Now it’s time to build cleat gadgets… I have posted a picture of some ideas I got from some folks postings, but I am open to any other ideas folks have for gadgets.

-- Sean, Ohio City - Cleveland,

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The Box Whisperer

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#1 posted 154 days ago

Nice cabinet! I have done up a bunch of custom holders, but am still amazed at how many different things you can hang from 2 inches of dowel coming out at a 10 degree raise. Ive probably made 50 of them. The few things that need somehting custom get it, but those dowels are my go to.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#2 posted 154 days ago

Nice work. I really like the way it looks.

-- Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

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#3 posted 154 days ago

This will be a great addition to your shop. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 154 days ago

It will look great in the shop. Nice job.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#5 posted 154 days ago

Nice cabinet.
I have a swing open cabinet with a flat surface in front like you show in photo #2.
I had to go back and raise the cabinet so that the doors would quit knocking everything off the flat space … But now I rarely find the doors closed.
I like your choice of wood, it’s bright and cheery, and I think the cleats will see lots of use.

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

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#6 posted 153 days ago

I see your point about knocking things off the flat space, good point. This is not my primary work space, but if I ever switch it out, I will need to consider that. Thanks…

-- Sean, Ohio City - Cleveland,

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#7 posted 153 days ago

Nice tool cabinet Sean…great job.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#8 posted 153 days ago

Great project, and a nice twist on French cleats!

-- All this sawdust.......wait........ what happened to my board???

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#9 posted 153 days ago

nice cabinet.

Im sure you watched this, but Steve Ramsey made a video about tool storage with cleats too.. Inspiration?

Watch the video—> here<—

-- I doubt, therefore I might be

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#10 posted 153 days ago

Yes, I did watch that and it did give me some of my gadget ideas. I recommend for others as well. Thanks.

-- Sean, Ohio City - Cleveland,

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Rob Drown

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#11 posted 131 days ago

That is a nice looking cabinet. good size and the cleats are an excellent idea. If you decide you need to move things around, just unscrew a cleat or two and vola, new configuration. Very good looking and smart too. I like it.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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