French Cleat Storage for Hand Tools

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Project by Wilker posted 137 days ago 3456 views 13 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been loving the french cleat system I put in for my power tools so much, that I decided to make one for my hand tools. Before, I was keeping most of them in cases/tool boxes under my workbench but couldn’t stand having to root around when I needed a tool. So now everything is visible and within reach.

Except for the dowel rods, I built everything from scrap pine 1xs.

All of the holders were simple to make, but steps on how I built each one are posted on my blog here. Then I also have a video going over the highlights of the system here.

-- April, WilkerDo's

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#1 posted 137 days ago

Like the way you have your pliers hung/stored.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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#2 posted 137 days ago

Nice April! Where’s the SawStop?

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

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#3 posted 137 days ago

Nice job. Very practice. Congratulations.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#4 posted 137 days ago

Well done!

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#5 posted 137 days ago

Great idea April. I have been storing more and more of my hand tools on the walls, but found I had to put together a “tool tote” filled with some of them to carry around when work is needed in or on the house…and then there is the new house we are building.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#6 posted 137 days ago

Thanks guys. : )

Sparkywood: I was going to go pick it up this past weekend but need to find a few friends who will be available to help me unload it once I get it home! I have a dealer just 15 mins from me so getting it loaded isn’t a problem, but getting from my pickup to my shop is another story….

Hawaiilad: I understand. I saw in Handyman where they installed a french cleat system and instead of a holder for like tools, they actually made little totes and one would hold gear to wash the cars, then another for gardening, then another for whatever. Maybe you could do the same. Just stick a cleat on the back of your tool tote and keep an assortment of your most used tools already in there so you can just pull it off the wall and go.

-- April, WilkerDo's

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#7 posted 137 days ago

Great design

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#8 posted 137 days ago

Well done April, I made something similar a couple of years ago but my version is fixed as the shop is too small to need to change tools placement hehee:

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-- Learning one thing at a time

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#9 posted 136 days ago

Great wonderful versatile system to use, congrats

-- Norman

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#10 posted 136 days ago

Great setup. Love that idea. I may have to plagiarize it

-- Greg - Ferdinand and Son Construction: Do it right the first time. Like us on Facebook

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#11 posted 136 days ago

Easy accessible tools especially within hands reach is a key to fine production. Nicely done April.

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

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#12 posted 136 days ago

Thanks everyone!

Dave: Yeah, everybody keeps asking me when I’m going to get out of my shop and get back to doing home improvement projects but I keep saying the same thing! I want to get my shop in an organized setup so I can move around easier.

Greg: No plagiarizing involved. Use whatever you like! I didn’t create the system; I just tailored it to my specific tools. ; )

-- April, WilkerDo's

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#13 posted 136 days ago

Sweet !!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#14 posted 136 days ago

Looks great April!

-- Greg D, Cen. CA, "Keep it on the Level, Do it Right the First Time!"

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#15 posted 136 days ago

Nice job April!!!! I’m sure it will be a lot easier to find your tools now.

-- Gary,Nebraska

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