Tools hangers for French cleat #2: Makita angle grinder & palm sander

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Blog entry by mafe posted 01-09-2022 12:13 AM 668 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Cordless tools hangers
Makita angle grinder & palm sander

Part two
UPDATED 10jan2022

This part is really messy, as I have forgotten some pictures and did not think in process as I went on, sorry, so just see the whole thing and you will understand easy after.

I like good tools and I like order, but most of all, I like to have my tools just where I need them, so I have made a easy to reach setup, by my work / saw table.
Recently I bought some Makita 18v cordless tools, this so I can bring then to my allotment house, where there are no electricity, except my generator (I can use it to charge some batteries if I run out of power).

I needed a wee reorganization around the work bench and decided that I would make the tools holders, hang on the French cleat, like this they will be easy to move, if I rearrange the shop and also to grab them, when I need to bring them to the allotment.

This is what we will be making first.

We jump right into the action, where I already cut the wall plate,
Doubled two pieces of plywood and made these two pieces with 45º cut on the side.
Ohhh yes and a wee rounding sanded out.
You’ll get it as we go.

Rounding over.

Glue on the sandwish.

Jump in time and place…
Rounding over a wee wood rod, to fit the diameter on the inside of a grinder disc.

Drilling hole in other end.

Mounting on the plate.

With a screw from the back.

Another piece of plywood, mounted as a spacer.

All parts have come together.

The angle grinder can rest in the hanger.

Two pieces of French cleat are cut.

French cleat mounted on the back.
Also drilling a hole for a rare earth magnet and applying epoxy to glue it in place.

Like this, so the disc change tool, can hang there.

Then it’s just to hang it on the wall.

As you can see the tool for changing discs are hanging on the magnet.

The grinder works really well by the way, you cant be as aggressive as with a corded, but it has plenty of power (I got it on a sale, for the price of a battery).

I’m running out of French cleat, but love to have the tools right at hand.

Palm sander – a Christmas gift from my old mother!
I really like it, I think I’ll do more sanding from now… laughs.

I were so busy making the hanger, that I forgot to take pictures, but here it is, next to the router hanger.

It’s a small piece of dowel where the filter fits on, then a shelf for sand papers and finally a hanger for the sander.
If some one need it, I will be happy to provide details on any of the hangers.

UPDATE 10jan2022

Here it is off the wall.
The small shelf got two small supports as you can see.

The plywood that holds the sander, is rounded so it slips down easy.
Space made from plywood.
Here you can also see the dowel that holds the dust filter.

French cleat on the back, the top one to hang and the lover just to keep it off the wall.

The small piece of plywood in the middle, is to stop the sande, when the battery is off, it’s resting against the dust thingy (you will know if you have a sander like this).

Without the filter.
I made a little round disk to put on top of the sand papers, so they don’t fly off, when I use the compressor, to blow off dust, smiles.

That’s it, hope it was better, smiles.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, we never know, perhaps even some shop order…

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

13 comments so far

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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 01-09-2022 12:24 AM

Love you storage ideas MaFe! I just wish I had some wall space to hang a few of those nice neat holders. I’ve just about used up all my wall space! I also like how you used French Cleats to mount them. Yup easy on and off! Nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 01-09-2022 12:45 AM

Well thought, my friend! You make use of every square inch of space.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 01-09-2022 02:15 AM

I see you love Makita tools. I have only one drill and it has out lasted many of the other. Down the road I will aquire more. Thanks for your expertise & wisdom. I greatly look forward to your projects with anticipation and awe !

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 01-09-2022 02:49 AM

It looks to me as though you have room for two or three more tools there, Mads. ;-)

I had to rearrange things on my French cleats today. Don’t even remember exactly what the problem was, but there were three things hanging from the cleats that needed to be in a different order so I could reach them more easily.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 01-09-2022 12:06 PM

Nicely done and a great organization for the tools. I also use french cleats in my shop, to hang cabinets and tool boards. The more I add to the shop the more cleats I will install later.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#6 posted 01-09-2022 01:44 PM

Like your set-up. Great work!

-- The Farmer, Sweden

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#7 posted 01-09-2022 03:27 PM

As one who loves organization in the shop I like those tool hangers.

Well designed. Will keep these in mind when I need to make some.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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James E McIntyre

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#8 posted 01-09-2022 04:43 PM

Clever hanger Mads. I like how you put a dowel for the grinder wheels.

You have some great tools.

-- James E McIntyre

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#9 posted 01-10-2022 12:31 AM

Hi guys,

I already update the blog, with some more pictures for the sander, thought it was needed, laughs.

woodshaver Tony C, Thank you Tony. Yes we run out of space fast… Guess it must be the workshop getting smaller, smiles.

Lew, I have to as the workshop is quite small… It can’t be too many tools! Thanks dear Lew.

woodchucker1, Thank you so much for those kind words.
I have come to like Makita tools a lot yes. I have tried most brands during the years and the blue Bosch is used to be a star, but Makita really rules now, when you compare prize to quality, I don’t think they really have any competition, if you want to use same batteries, their range of tools are amazing. It was actually by chance, because I had no electricity at my allotment and needed some battery tools there, a carpenter told me to try the Makitas and I never looked back. Of course if you have a load of money, Festool is the thing, but the prizes are crazy, so you have to loaded or a pro, so the clients can pay (When you see a carpenter with a car full of only Festool, you know he is overprized – laughs).

Dave Polaschek, Laughs big time. I will find the room, or push the wall into the neighbor if needed. That’s the best part of the Frence cleat, that we can rearange when ever needed, I also love to have the tools, just where they are needed.

Eric, I need more wall… Yes the French cleat is brilliant I agree. Thanks Eric.

Thefarmer, Thank you, with a smile.

tyvekboy, Big smile Tyvek. As you might see I’m also an order nut, I almost enjoy as much to make order, as to do woodworking and when making order is done with woodworking like here, well then I’m a happy monkey.

James E McIntyre, It’s quite fun making these hangers, trying to fit as much into them as possible, so I were happy, when I saw there were just room for a selection of wheels also. Thanks James.

Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 01-10-2022 04:26 AM

Nice work , Mads. I love custom fit hangers/holders for all kinds of things. It makes them very accessible!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 01-10-2022 08:36 PM

Thanks Jim, yes as I wrote, often I find it almost more fun making, thinks for things, than the actual project, smiles. Jigs, hangers, order systems and so on, I simply love that part. Cheers, Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#12 posted 01-10-2022 08:46 PM

In recent days I have started to acquire some of the same Makita tools you have. You have given me some great ideas about how to organize them. Thank you good sir!

-- Doug

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#13 posted 01-11-2022 12:07 AM

That’s lovely Dough, I love when a blog can become useful for real.
(Pls. feel free to ask, if you need measures).
Best of my thoughts and thanks,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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