French Cleat Storage Wall

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Project by LastingBuild posted 09-20-2018 05:32 PM 9268 views 23 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the past year or so I have been gradually custom building my French clear storage wall. It is mostly comprised of 3/4 inch birch plywood. I attached the plywood strips to each wall using two, 2 inch screws per wall stud. I spaced each strip about 5 inches apart. Each strip has a 45 degree bevel on the top surface to mate with a 45 degree bevel on each tool cabinet or hanger. This storage is super strong and very durable. It will hold a significant amount of weight. I will never go back to pegboard storage again.

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#1 posted 09-20-2018 07:48 PM

thats a great way to organize your shop because if your like me it keeps evolving as time goes on and needs change.hey welcome to lumber jocks.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 09-20-2018 10:52 PM

Very Nice Indeed & Well Done!

Regards: Rick S.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#3 posted 09-20-2018 10:58 PM

That is on fine looking wall of cleats you built…Everything is handy and right at your fingers…Very well made, and you deserve a big thumbs up for that project…..Stellar job, sir, stellar job….!!!

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#4 posted 09-21-2018 12:37 AM


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#5 posted 09-21-2018 04:48 AM

Super nice! Well done. Is the log an air hose hanger? Very creative.

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#6 posted 09-21-2018 01:25 PM

Dang, that is nice.

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#7 posted 09-21-2018 01:29 PM

and this way your NOT locked into one design … I like it a lot …. GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

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#8 posted 09-21-2018 01:44 PM

I’m building a new shop this fall. Thanks very much for an innovative idea!

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#9 posted 09-21-2018 02:54 PM

I have finished a French Cleat storage wall in my newly-developing shop as well. Yours is really beautiful! I think your use of tall, deep cabinets for large tools is very smart.

One of my goals was to have everything in my shop either on the walls or in a cabinet on rollers—nothing else on the floor, so I can move things around easily to useful locations and sweep the floor clean as needed. I just hated having boards, clamps and other stuff on the floor to trip over, fall over, etc. I ended my cleat wall such that a 30” high cabinet would fit under it. I may steal your idea for some other areas where I have potential for more wall-hung storage. Agreed—hate pegboard. Every time I took something out, the hanger would come out too and fall behind some piece of furniture. Now have walls insulated with sheetrock over. Painted white—lovely, well-lit space.

Good job!

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#10 posted 09-21-2018 10:53 PM

It really is a great system. It can be used in the shop, in your kitchen, in your laundry room ex. I come up with new additions to the wall all the time.

The oak log holds my extension cord!

I like the fact that if I ever move shops I can take each piece and move it with little effort.

-- LastingBuild

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#11 posted 09-22-2018 01:17 PM

Seen dozens of french clear systems posted, couldn’t figure why yours seems to stand out. Finally hit me the way you “matched” many of the pieces with the 45 degree angled sides and supports makes them look like a professional “system”, not just a bunch of random pieces. Nice detail.

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#12 posted 09-22-2018 11:49 PM

SawdustTX thanks.

-- LastingBuild

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#13 posted 09-26-2018 11:17 AM

Very nice work.

-- Chris K

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