French Cleat VS Peg Board

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Blog entry by bdatkinson posted 10-23-2014 07:55 PM 15032 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am about to redo part of my work shop. I currently have a pegboard system for hanging my tools. Ive seen alot of things showing that some people like using French Cleat systems. Has anyone used that type of system and recommend French Cleats? Anybody like one of the other?

-- Brian, bdatkinson

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#1 posted 10-23-2014 08:09 PM

I currently have both in my shop. I like the french cleat for anything that has weight. The pegboard I use for light weight stuff that has the potential to be swapped out or rearranged frequently. That being said I would love to take the time to get rid of the pegboard and switch everything to french cleat. Not sure if this helps

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#2 posted 10-23-2014 08:12 PM

building a new shop here
and plan to go full ‘french cleat’ system
on all the walls
in tiers 16” apart
as the tools move to accommodate better work flow
so can the cabs or shelves

that way the tool placement isn’t dictated by fixed cabs or shelves
and any accessories to tools
can move with the tool too

total flexibility thru-out
or as new tools get added

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 10-23-2014 08:17 PM

When redoing my shop, I went all French cleat and have no regrets. I don’t see a single real advantage to pegboard.

Tools holders are easy to make and customize. Since cleats can hold a lot of weight, cabinets and tills hang on the cleats, not having to be anchored to studs. Everything can be quickly moved around as needed for specific projects.

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#4 posted 10-23-2014 09:15 PM

Thanks everybody. I will go with French Cleats. I didnt consider using french cleats on my cabinets I am going to make. Now the French Cleat idea sounds even better.

-- Brian, bdatkinson

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#5 posted 10-23-2014 10:09 PM

You can still mount the peg board(s) to french cleats for added flexibility.

-- Ray

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#6 posted 10-23-2014 10:30 PM

I despise peg board myself, never fails when I pull something off it, 10 other things fall off.

Currently have neither system in my shop, but am planning French cleats for 2 walls of my shop once I get done with remodeling my kitchen.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#7 posted 10-24-2014 12:29 PM

I stick with peg board as I consider it to be the best for my solution. I can change it in any way I want at any time. If I purchase something new I can just reach and grab a peg and stick it up. My thoughts.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#8 posted 10-24-2014 03:02 PM

I made my French cleat system based on this how-to :

I really like it, ad I’ve reorganized it a few times. I was able to build it in a weekend and it’s solid. I mass-produced some extra hangers for it, so when I make a new tool holder or something, I just screw the hanger on and I’m good to go.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#9 posted 10-24-2014 05:51 PM

I’ve got both in my shop, as Tugboater78 said I didn’t like the hooks falling out etc. But then I found Talon hooks, they don’t fall out when you remove a tool … A few cents more than the cheesey bent wire ones but well worth it.
I also have one wall that is French cleats, love’em for sure. My feelings are that there is a place for both systems.

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

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