French Cleats, Veritas Cabinet System, Kreg K5 = Cabinets!

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Project by Holbs posted 09-05-2016 02:04 AM 2394 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my grand scheme of things to assist with shop organization. In the past, I did alot of half-baked attempts at wall mounted solutions but always came up short. So I started from scratch with the idea of adjustability for my ever evolving shop. Took everything off the walls and ran 2 runs of French Cleats on 2 walls. Up high is 6” and middle is 12” height. I may consider another 6” down low but will see how this pans out. I lag bolted to every stud. This gives me 80’ for heavy duty French Cleat use, depending if the cabinet is 2’ or 4’.
With French Cleats installed, I pulled out a tool I have never used before which I bought at an auction new in the box for $35 (I guess folks thought it was some erector set). The Veritas 32 Deluxe Cabinet Making System. This jig does ‘balanced’ shelf pin holes and dowels. ‘Balanced’ here means, you can rotate the left & right board for any reason and the holes align, same for top & bottom. I only used the jig for shelf pins, not dowels in this instance. Took awhile to learn the setup but once I did, easy peasy and rather swift.
Next, I brought out another jig I bought 9 months ago and never used. The Kreg K5. I was not concerned with rabbets and mortises and dadoes this time around for my utilitarian garage cabinet/cupboards/shelving. This make quick work using pocket hole joinery. Glad I went for the K5 instead of K4 version because of the handle being on the front side and the toggle clamping mechanism is sweet to use. To ease my worry, also used glue.
I quickly constructed 2 cabinets using 4’ height. One for sanding and one for power tools. Then I did a 2’ cabinet for my Worksharp 3000.
And don’t mind the mess. I installed ceiling drywall recently and it looks as if a hurricane came through. Cleanup still in progress :)
These are by no means fancy elegant wall mount cabinets. These are “practical”. And wanted to share my storage solution for anyone else looking to seek various storage options.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#1 posted 09-05-2016 06:13 PM

That looks great! It looks so organized. Enjoy!

-- Marsha, Northeast Ohio

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#2 posted 09-05-2016 06:15 PM

Mind you… these are just 3 cabinets. I will be adding 5-7 more down the road. What I really like about this setup above all others… mobility and flexibility. I can move things horizontal and vertical with ease, using french cleats and shelf pins. A win win for a layout changing shop (which I seem to do every couple months)

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#3 posted 09-07-2016 01:22 AM

Nice job!

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