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A few years ago, I installed a pair of French cleat rails in our garage. At the time, I had grand plans to build all sorts of handy little storage racks and the like. Aside from some clamp racks and a crosscut sled holder, I never built any of those things. Now that I can't easily go out and buy more lumber for new projects, I decided to use scraps on hand to start improving my storage situation. My first project is a rack to store my smaller, commonly used measurement and layout tools: speed squares, combination square, bend rule, and digital calipers.

I've seen several such racks on the web, but most of them store speed squares perpendicular to the wall. They jut out too far for me; I'd surely bump my head on the ends of the squares. I wanted a wall-hugging design, with the squares parallel to the wall.

Here's my solution. It holds two 7" speed squares, two combination squares (even though I have just one). A small shelf holds my Wixey digital calipers. My bend rule just sits on top of the cleat. It will be nice having all of these tools at my fingertips for future projects.

The design is extremely simple. It's just a few 3/4" thick planks of plywood with 1/4" spacers in between to provide space for the squares to drop into. The third photo shows an interior view of the rack, and the SketchUp renderings show more details.

Thanks for looking!

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Very nice. I think it looks good and seems to be a practical solution.
 

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I like it and man do I have some french cleats, every 5" all the way around my shop. Thanks for posting the sketch too.
 

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Thank you both for your comments.

controlfreak: I just looked at your projects. You do have a ton of cleats. A chisel rack like yours is on my to-build list.
 

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One Starrett combination square like yours is all you need! Nice work.
 

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I may have to redo how I hold mine
 

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You may have just motovated me to do someting about may measrement tools. Thanks
 

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controlfreak: I just looked at your projects. You do have a ton of cleats. A chisel rack like yours is on my to-build list.

- Ron Stewart
Thanks, if you look closely you can see squares and such haphazardly resting on random cleats. Your design will keep them in one spot for me. I can't tell you how many times I have to keep looking on every wall for one of them.
 

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Pretty daarned slick.
 

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I put up some cleats a couple years ago, and have been building and re-designing 'holders' in between projects ever since. Good fun and good practice. Yours is a great design: consolidating space and keeping order. nice work.
 

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Excellent design! I can't tell you how much I like what you did. I made something similar (but much worse) several years ago that holds two seven in speed squares and one 12 in speed square. This is SO much nicer! With your permission (heck, even with out it) I will need to construct something like this. THANKS FOR SHARING!
 

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Nice and clean!
 

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Thanks for the kind comments. I really appreciate them.

It's funny. When I started this little project, I wasn't sure I was going to post it here because it was so simple. Usually, I model my projects in SketchUp all the way down to dimensioned parts and cut sheets. For this one, I went to my bench with just vague ideas. I played around with my measuring tools and plywood scraps for about half an hour, and then started cutting and gluing. As I worked, I took notes so I could create a SU model later (in case I ever needed to build another holder or add another layer to this one). I never seriously thought anybody else would want to replicate my design.
 
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