Shop Upgrade - French Cleats

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Project by Maveric777 posted 08-12-2010 02:37 PM 18184 views 11 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I been debating posting last weekends project up for a couple of days now. Every day I go out to my shop and cant help but grin a bit seeing this new addition so I figured maybe I can inspire someone else. I been debating peg board over french cleats for about 2 months now. I finally got irritated at the mess on the counter top and decided to tackle it that very moment.

I had a small mess of poplar in the rack not being used (I had bought it for another project and decided not to use it for that) so I went with that as the cleats. I purposely left an empty spot in the middle top for my clock even though I tend to forget it is up there most the time…lol

I also threw together a first couple of things to hang up. Built a small shelf to hold the radio and what not. I threw together a chisel holder that I have nicknamed “Spike” (don’t laugh at my pathetic little big box clearance chisels… we all have to start somewhere…lol) and a board to hold a few of my small spring clamps. I also threw together 8 super quick peg hanger – hooks – or what ever you want to call them for other stuff.

All in all I am really glad I went this way and have tons of ideas for all kinds of helpful hangers in the future (another perk of french cleats…. more “Fun” projects).

While posting this up I found an old pic I took about a year ago so I had to add it in as well. It is weird how in one year my shop has evolved. I honestly owe the inspiration mostly to my fellow Lumber Jocks. I hope this little projects helps and inspires another green horn (like myself) in some way….

Thanks for checking it out….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#1 posted 08-12-2010 02:58 PM

Nice set up. I really like the French cleat idea. It’s very versatile. I haven’t gotten around to doing mine yet. Maybe this is the kick in the pants I needed. Thanks for sharing.

Also, it’s fun to look back on old pictures and see how much things have improved, such as your shop. It inspires us to continue.

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#2 posted 08-12-2010 02:59 PM

Fantastic addition. This has been on my Todo list for too long. Nice work and glad to hear you like it so much …. may make me get around to it faster….I hope.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 08-12-2010 03:01 PM

Just looked closer at Pic #4… pretty funny having an electric pencil sharpener sitting on the same shelf with the hand planes.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 08-12-2010 04:09 PM

great work ,

i’m thinking the cleats add so much ‘change’ possibility ,

and uses about as much wood as the pegboard frames anyway ,

with so much more return !

-- 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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#5 posted 08-12-2010 04:23 PM

Thanks yall…. I am really fond of this little project and glad I can be a little inspiration to some…

lol… Swirt – I’m proud of my little pencil sharpener…. It has got to be over 15 years old and puts a awesome sharp tip on my pencils. I bought about 4 pencils sharpeners here recently and have yet to find one that wont break the tip. I lucked up on this one and I think it has saved me a few more grey hairs…lol

Plus my 7 year old daughter found sharpening Dad’s pencils one of her favorite thing to in the shop. I have about 20 pencils in my holder and never find a dull one…. That little girl is on top of it…lol

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#6 posted 08-12-2010 05:10 PM

Very nice. I am just getting my shop set up, and will definitely be coming back to this project for ideas. Thank you for sharing it.

-- Work hard, play hard, drink good beer.

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#7 posted 08-12-2010 05:31 PM


Excellent idea, and it looks great, too! I’ve got 10 strips already cut and hanging around while I complete my current project ( screen door). With inspiration from you, I may take a break from the door and replace my pegboard with the french cleat system. Thanks!

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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#8 posted 08-12-2010 05:42 PM

I have the peg boards and they certainly could use replacing this is an excellent alternative.

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#9 posted 08-12-2010 06:03 PM

Great Idea and Great results. Now I’m wishing I had used this method. Rand

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#10 posted 08-12-2010 06:23 PM

It’s so cool, I’m planning to do my one shop wall like this, so I’m happy to see how it turns out just perfevt.
Love it,
thank you for sharing,

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

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#11 posted 08-12-2010 06:23 PM

Yes, those French Cleats are pretty slick…

I have four 36” x 36” wall hanging pantry type shelving cases hung on a garage wall to form a 72” x 72” block of shelves for food storage…

They are SO COOL… and easy to do!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#12 posted 08-12-2010 06:34 PM

Yup french cleats the way to go…. I hung a huge mirror with the same system

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#13 posted 08-12-2010 06:39 PM

Nice way to store your tools, It is a easy way to re-org the shop layout anytime you want :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path [email protected]

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#14 posted 08-12-2010 07:52 PM

I like what you did with the chisels. I’ve been trying to think of a good way to store them.

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#15 posted 08-12-2010 08:46 PM

Dan, if the pencil sharpener has served you well, then you need to re-classify it. It is no longer a pencil sharpener, it is a ”conical rotary plane”. That’s why it is perfect that it shares the shelf with the planes. ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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