Drill station and French cleats

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Project by AngieO posted 06-22-2013 11:22 PM 4104 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been so crazy busy over the last couple weeks that I haven’t even been able to get on LJ’s. Most of the time it’s been out in the woodshop… So that’s a good thing…. Right?! Lol.

Anyhow… The ex is now officially my ex husband and he came and got the last of his stuff out of my woodshop today. Now it’s ALL MINE!!! :)

So… I had this empty dead space in between the cabinets. Now that the house (and garage obviously) are officially and legally mine… I can do what I want. So I decided to make use of this space.

I put up two French cleats. I used 3/4 plywood.

Then I made this box out of scrap wood. The shelves were actually made out of a board that my nephew used to make a school project. It had a drawing on it and foam pieces glued on. I scraped them off and stuck it through the planer. The sides are from a pallet board.

I used pocket holes to put this box together. I put them on the outside so they would be hidden due to the placement between the cabinets.

I added the cleat on the back and a piece of 3/4” plywood as a spacer. (Got that idea from Trip. I think his name on here is Sailingandsuch. I know that’s his YouTube name)

Then I added a cleat and spacers on my little plastic storage bin.

I started out just wanting to make shelves. Wasnt sure what I was going to put on it. But then I realized it was a great place to put my drill and other things. So now I have my charger, my drills and my little bit sets all right there. On the top I’ve added my other little tool boxes. They have some of my screws and my router bits.
Plus… I took my little framed pegboard I made a while back and hung it up making that corner a little more useful.

This was a fun quick project. I’m happy with how the space turned out. And.. Because they are hung using French cleats… I can move them anywhere I want if I change my mind later. :)

I have some other projects I’ve been working on as well that I’d love to share with you. Just need to add the finish to them.

Hope you are having a great weekend!

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#1 posted 06-22-2013 11:25 PM

The French cleats do a very nice job of hanging items. They also allow for some adjustment if needed. Looking good and getting a space for everything is always nice.

-- Dave in Minnesota - If it ain't broke, improve it!

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woodshaver Tony C

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#2 posted 06-22-2013 11:34 PM

It’s all yours now, how cool is that!!!
Nice job on filling that space Angie. I use French Cleats when ever I can.
Like you said “makes it easy to move it if you change your mind”
Have a great weekend!

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

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 06-22-2013 11:35 PM

Really nice job. Always good to properly utilize your space.

Congrats on your freedom. Sounds like you had an empty dead space before also. Keep those children building as well.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 06-23-2013 12:07 AM

I have a little toddler chair that I built. My son loves it. I’m going to make another one and I’m going to have him help me. He’s only 4… But I’ll have him help nail the seat slats in. That will make him feel like he helped make it and get him excited about doing other things. I have a small hammer for him to use.

Bre, my daughter that helped make the doll bed, is out of town right now on a mission trip with our youth group. My older son is as well. They will be in Joplin, MO for a week helping repair homes that had tornado damage. She was super excited about it. This is her second year and my oldest 4th year. She has some projects to make when she gets back.

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#5 posted 06-23-2013 01:10 AM

Nice job on the cleats and the box.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#6 posted 06-23-2013 01:37 AM

Nice organization! Just read your free wood post…sigh. God bless you and your children. Joplin is just a hop skip and a jump from us. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with out of all that free wood!

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 06-23-2013 02:01 AM

very cool that your daughter and son are doing a mission trip,very admirable.
also its a very nice charging station,i’ve been thinking about using some french cleats also.
thanks for sharing.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#8 posted 06-23-2013 02:22 AM

Nice project – you should be proud of your accomplishments (as I am sure that you are). Sounds like you kids have their heads on right and off to bright futures – well done!

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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Chris McDowell

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#9 posted 06-23-2013 03:19 AM

I recently discovered the genius of French cleats and have already used them on two projects last month. The concept of them is so simple that I think to myself “Why didn’t I think of this before?”

Nice job.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#10 posted 06-23-2013 03:37 AM

Awesome job. I love the versatility of french cleats.

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#11 posted 06-23-2013 04:16 AM

CFyre…. Some of the projects I’ve made so far with the free wood.

And of course… The materials used for this project were all free

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#12 posted 06-23-2013 04:28 AM

Those look great Angie! So far, my ‘free’ wood has been limited to broken chairs (maple, I think), firewood (oak, not exactly free) and old pine shelving! I hope to make some boxes out of the maple. Wish me luck!

-- God bless, Candy

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 06-23-2013 12:07 PM

WOW, you have been busy. i love organizational projects and I’m a subscriber to FREE too!!
You are really recycling this wood into nice projects. The sky is the limit!! Keep ‘er going!!
Cheers, Jim

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

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#14 posted 06-23-2013 12:33 PM

Looks great, can’t wait to see more!!

-- Jerry - Rochester, MN *Whether you think you can or you can't, you are probably right* - Henry Ford

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#15 posted 06-23-2013 01:36 PM


I love how you think outside the box and these projects are great. The skills and techniques that you are learning will only help you as you move into more detailed projects!

Great work my friend!!


-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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