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Blog entry by thewoodwhisperer posted 11-18-2009 07:59 AM 24455 reads 15 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A French cleat is as ingenious as it is simple. It involves securing a strip of wood with a 45 degree bevel to the wall, and then securing an opposing beveled strip on the back of a cabinet or anything you want to hang. Its incredibly strong and versatile. Its a great way to hang cabinetry and as you’ll see in this video, it can be used to make an awesome modular wall storage unit.

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Junji

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#1 posted 11-18-2009 09:51 AM

This is a great idea, I should make some for my shop too. Thanks!
By the way, I enjoy your video pod cast so much, thanks again from Japan!

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#2 posted 11-18-2009 10:13 AM

really informative video….....I have always believed in the “kiss” concept.

thanks for the tip Mark

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#3 posted 11-18-2009 02:38 PM

This is another nice tutorial, Marc. I am a fan of french cleat systems. I have all my wall cabinets in the shop and the garage hung via french cleats. I would like to add a couple of points to this. One is I would recommend attaching the cleats via lag screws when hanging wall cabinets due to the weight of the cabinets/contents and for attaching the cleats for other operations I prefer to use wood screws rather than drywall screws since drywall screws do not have the sheer strength that wood screws do. The other point I would add is when hanging cabinets to add blocking behind the bottom of the cabinet to keep it plumb.

By the way the “rugged” look is an interesting change. I am sure that Nicole has given her approval. :)

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#4 posted 11-18-2009 02:54 PM

Does anyone know the history of the French Cleat?

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#5 posted 11-18-2009 03:17 PM

Speaking as an engineer, the first two screws in the wall-mounted strip are too low. Putting them low increases the pullout force on them due to “prying action”. The one in the center (that appears at 4:24) is better. Conversely, the screws in the hanging strip should be set low, for the same reason.

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#6 posted 11-18-2009 05:42 PM

“rugged” look – lol This was actually filmed months ago during our move from the old house. As you can see, I was a little tired. But I didn’t let that stop me from making a video, lol.

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#7 posted 11-18-2009 06:10 PM

I used a French cleat to hang our mantel. Very simple. I also liked the fact that if you level the light cleat on the wall, the heavy piece of furniture will automatically be level.

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#8 posted 11-18-2009 06:23 PM

I think the french cleat system is the best way to hang anything on a wall, I use it on my clocks, instead of adding a block on the bottom to keep it plumb, I put the cleat inside at the top, this way it pulls tight against the wall.

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#9 posted 11-18-2009 06:27 PM

It works on most things but my piano fell off the wall when using one :-))

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#10 posted 11-18-2009 09:48 PM

Jim, use more screws and glue

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#11 posted 11-18-2009 09:53 PM

He just needs a smaller piano. :)

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#12 posted 11-18-2009 09:55 PM

I have always heard them called museum cleats. I have used them for attaching the tall cabs for bookcases to the wall. Also have used for a really heavy metal frame mirror my wife bought for the dining room.

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#13 posted 11-18-2009 10:26 PM

I have a 6-way surround sound system for my stereo and satellite system. I mounted my front and rear big speakers with French cleats way up high on the walls. Them puppys ain’t going nowhere. Been there for 7 years in this house. !6 years in my old house. They work!!!

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#14 posted 11-19-2009 05:59 AM

Marc,

Today seemed to be one of those days where everything lined-up. I was planning to put up a french cleat system before I saw this.

So I got a couple hours in and here is what I got done:

Almost 20’ of cleats cut and hung.
I used some 1 by 4 that I had salvaged from the “work bench and storage closet” that the previous owner had built in the garage.

A couple hammers hung:
Hammers
I got a third hung after this picture.

view of the hanger:
Hamer Holder
A hole in a scrap of ply. I drilled about 90 – 95% of the hole in the board and then removed some of the material to fit the handle.

My measuring tapes are up on the wall:
Tapes

View of the tape hanger:
Tape Holder
A couple mending plates with a spacer to set them off of the cleat.
I want to redo it, I’m not 100% happy with it.

So a couple hours and 5 tools are on the wall. Several more to go.

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#15 posted 11-19-2009 06:13 AM

I love it dude! So simple and so useful. Sure beats pegboard!

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