French Cleat Wall

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Project by Pete posted 11-26-2012 03:07 AM 12407 views 5 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It started as a garage door. I built a wall to help insulate the room a bit. Then I decided the wall would best serve me with a French Cleat system.

I thought about it a lot, researched a lot, and this is the system that works for me. Calling it a French Cleat is a bit of a misnomer. A true cleat allows the hanging piece to be simply placed on the wall. Mine is trapped top and bottom. The boards are all cut with a 45 degree top and bottom, trapping the hung piece (as seen in the fourth pic).

As it is, I can use pieces no bigger than 6 inches, but could use more than one for an object. In the future, if I want to use a longer piece, I would have to remove a board to get it in.

Now to build some storage to hang from it. Any suggestions on that is always appreciated.

Thanks for looking.

-- Measure with a micrometer, mark with a crayon, cut it with a chainsaw.

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#1 posted 11-26-2012 10:51 PM

WOW! If I suddenly had that much wall space for storage I would be drooling on myself. The real question is what couldn’t you store there? Clamps?, Chisel racks?, Hand tools? Hardware bins?, This is making me crazy. I think I’m drooling a little, gotta go look for wall space. Good job, and have fun with it.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#2 posted 11-27-2012 06:02 PM

Do you have a picture of this in action? I have a regular bottom-only french cleat arrangement in my garage, and it’s nice to be able to move the tools I want to the part of the garage I’m working in. I could certainly see the use of top and bottom for heavier things that would be moved less frequently, like cabinets or the like.

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#3 posted 11-27-2012 09:02 PM

HG: I am planning on starting to build the useful bits tonight… :)
First up is a dado blade set holder as seen here

-- Measure with a micrometer, mark with a crayon, cut it with a chainsaw.

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