Setting up my shop #2: French cleat /hammer time.

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Blog entry by CoolDavion posted 12-09-2009 06:05 AM 8089 reads 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Getting started Part 2 of Setting up my shop series Part 3: The planes are on the wall. »

As I had posted previously I’m adding a french cleat storage on one wall of my garage to store all of my tools.
I’m in the process of building tool holders

First up is some hammer holders
Hammer 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.

A couples hammer up on the wall

And a holder for my tape measures, A couple mending plates with a spacer to set them off of the cleat.
Tape Holder


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#1 posted 12-09-2009 06:14 AM

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#2 posted 12-09-2009 02:10 PM

This is a pretty neat way to organize the shop and store your hand tools where they are readily accessible.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 12-09-2009 06:20 PM

Lookin good! I’m going to create a french cleat tool holder, too. I’m going to build mine based on the wood whisperer’s. It’s a 4×8 sheet of plywood, edged, then with cleats attached to it. The sheet of ply is also mounted to the wall with a french cleat so it can be easily moved around.

I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of holders you come up with.

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#4 posted 12-09-2009 06:27 PM

Way cool

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#5 posted 12-10-2009 01:24 AM

A french cleat rail made from a 1×2 is just as strong as a 1×4 and uses half the lumber. IMO it also looks cleaner. Look at the Wood Whisperer’s system to see how he locks some cleated tool holders from lifting off the rail as the tool is removed.

-- Doug, Bakersfield, CA - I measured twice, cut it twice, and it is still too short!

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#6 posted 12-10-2009 03:23 AM

Neat idea!

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#7 posted 12-10-2009 03:27 AM

Fantastic job.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#8 posted 08-12-2011 09:46 PM

Good Ideas I will definitely be incorporating some of them into my tool storage – I am amazed at how many great ideas are in this forum – What a goldmine

-- Reginald

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