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#1 posted 11-25-2010 08:10 PM

When I was researching how to remodel my shop, one of the references that I found the most helpful was Benchmark, in particular his use of French Cleats all around the walls of his shop. For the cost of a couple of sheets of plywood, I was able to line my walls with the base cleats. Then all cabinets, and hangers were made to hang from the cleats. I fastened the hooks to simple t-cleats (made primarily from scraps). It gets everything off of the floor and I can reconfigure in just a couple of minutes (something that happens more often when it’s easy).

I’ve put all of my hand tools in hanging cabinets (hang from french cleats), and put an overlapping rabbet on the doors (in an attempt to control dust infiltration—helps). I also built a rolling infeed cabinet the same height as the TS, that has builtin racks on the back for the rip fence and other heavily used TS jibs, e.g. sacrificial fence).

I’ve thought about an overhead small rack for very heavily used (and misplaced items (tape measures, markers, etc.), but haven’t gotten there yet. One issue I was concerned with was adequate task lighting above the TS, which I’ve solved with 2 4’ shop lights with pull chains.

Just offering this up for some food for thought.

-- Craig, Oklahoma

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