French Cleat Storage for Hand Tools

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Project by April Wilkerson posted 03-10-2014 02:53 PM 74477 views 16 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been loving the french cleat system I put in for my power tools so much, that I decided to make one for my hand tools. Before, I was keeping most of them in cases/tool boxes under my workbench but couldn’t stand having to root around when I needed a tool. So now everything is visible and within reach.

Except for the dowel rods, I built everything from scrap pine 1xs.

All of the holders were simple to make, but steps on how I built each one are posted on my blog here. Then I also have a video going over the highlights of the system here.

-- Wilkerson

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#1 posted 03-10-2014 02:59 PM

Like the way you have your pliers hung/stored.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 03-10-2014 05:07 PM

Nice April! Where’s the SawStop?

-- Anything worth doing, is worth over-doing.

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#3 posted 03-10-2014 05:29 PM

Nice job. Very practice. Congratulations.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#4 posted 03-10-2014 06:39 PM

Well done!

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#5 posted 03-10-2014 06:55 PM

Great idea April. I have been storing more and more of my hand tools on the walls, but found I had to put together a “tool tote” filled with some of them to carry around when work is needed in or on the house…and then there is the new house we are building.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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April Wilkerson

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#6 posted 03-10-2014 06:56 PM

Thanks guys. : )

Sparkywood: I was going to go pick it up this past weekend but need to find a few friends who will be available to help me unload it once I get it home! I have a dealer just 15 mins from me so getting it loaded isn’t a problem, but getting from my pickup to my shop is another story….

Hawaiilad: I understand. I saw in Handyman where they installed a french cleat system and instead of a holder for like tools, they actually made little totes and one would hold gear to wash the cars, then another for gardening, then another for whatever. Maybe you could do the same. Just stick a cleat on the back of your tool tote and keep an assortment of your most used tools already in there so you can just pull it off the wall and go.

-- Wilkerson

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#7 posted 03-10-2014 07:25 PM

Great design

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

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#8 posted 03-10-2014 08:19 PM

Well done April, I made something similar a couple of years ago but my version is fixed as the shop is too small to need to change tools placement hehee:

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-- Learning one thing at a time

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#9 posted 03-10-2014 11:59 PM

Great wonderful versatile system to use, congrats

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#10 posted 03-11-2014 12:36 AM

Great setup. Love that idea. I may have to plagiarize it

-- Greg - Ferdinand and Son Construction: Do it right the first time. Like us on Facebook

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#11 posted 03-11-2014 01:08 AM

Easy accessible tools especially within hands reach is a key to fine production. Nicely done April.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#12 posted 03-11-2014 02:09 AM

Thanks everyone!

Dave: Yeah, everybody keeps asking me when I’m going to get out of my shop and get back to doing home improvement projects but I keep saying the same thing! I want to get my shop in an organized setup so I can move around easier.

Greg: No plagiarizing involved. Use whatever you like! I didn’t create the system; I just tailored it to my specific tools. ; )

-- Wilkerson

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#13 posted 03-11-2014 02:28 PM

Sweet !!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#14 posted 03-11-2014 02:56 PM

Looks great April!

-- Greg D, Cen. CA, "Keep it on the Level, Do it Right the First Time!"

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#15 posted 03-11-2014 06:11 PM

Nice job April!!!! I’m sure it will be a lot easier to find your tools now.

-- Gary,Nebraska

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