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French Cleats : Frequently Asked Questions

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French Cleat Questions? I answer the most common ones here.
French Cleats are one if the best ways to store many of your tools and hardware with easy access in the wall. I even like it better than having a large tool box.
But before you jump into the world of French Cleats, I’m here to answer some of the most common questions asked about them.
Now you can build them the correct way and get the most benefit.
Just try them out and you will love the difference.

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20 COMMENTS

  1. Love your videos. Thanks for making them. One recommendation for stud walls, the shop in my garage I insulated, wired with 20 Amp and then covered with 1/" tempered peg board. It works well with lots of flexibility where I don't use cleats. Just a suggestion.

  2. Clint, thank you for the great French cleat video series. One more question I was hoping you could address is what’s your thought on putting the French cleat on the shop wall that is covered by drywall. Would you recommend putting the cleats directly on the drywall and screwing it to the studs or would you put a 3/4” plywood over the drywall before putting the cleats on. Thanks and keep up the great work.

  3. Just love your videos on French Cleats. I’m getting ready to restart my wood working shop after a long period of Heath set backs. It’s a 40”x14” building area to start with, but hopefully, I will be able to expand it as time goes by. The ideals that you have shone are exactly what I’m needed and planning to build for the shop. It’s a clean start. Building is built and some wiring. Now to set up the shop for ShopSmith tools. I’m looking forward to having it ready for summer. Thanks again Allan

  4. I think that if you were going to add a french cleat system to a bare stud wall, you'd probably want to space the cleats a little closer together. Just as you would add a spacer to a tool holder that was not tall enough to reach the cleat below, the closely spaced cleats on a bare stud wall would be that "spacer" that you would need to keep things stabilized.

  5. Brother, I normally wouldn't make such a claim, but in this case I think it'll be okay.. you are a genius.. I can't wait to get out of my 80 square foot shop, once I buy a house. And have a couple car garage worth of space to turn into my shop. At that point all your French cleat videos that I've really enjoyed, will be put to use…. So thank you for your geniusism and thank you for all the awesome French cleat videos my dude…

  6. Great job and thanks for making this video! I've been planning a French cleat pantry for battery charging and gear storage.

  7. For my cleat wall I started with 3/4 plywood over the existing wall with plenty of screws into the studs to secure it. Then I could use narrower cleats because I could driver as many screws into the cleats and the 3/4 plywood behind it to make it super secure without need to stick to the stud locations only. The narrower and more cleats you have, the more versatile your cleat wall is.

  8. For my cleats I used a 2×4 spacer to get the all the exact same spacing apart to ensure they parallel and if I ever need to hang something heavy that needs 2 cleats I can use that same spacer to the cleats hanging will rest on the wall cleats for more support.

  9. I have a sloped ceiling in my closet, so one of the walls is nearky 10 feet tall. I was thinking of lining that wall with french cleats so I could put hooks, baskets, maybe even a hanging shoe rack. Any advice/ ideas?

  10. I scored a deal on weight plates at a garage sale a few years ago. Upside is that I got almost 400 pounds of cast iron plates for $20. The downside is that I needed to find somewhere to store all the extra plates. I had an unused area in my shop (which doubles as my lifting area) about a foot wide and 6' tall. Didn't have any confidence in the block supporting that much weight, so I used a scrap 2×4 about a foot long, cut it, and bolted half to the sill plate at the top of the concrete block wall with 4 beefy lag bolts. Put the other half at the end of a 2×12, cut it to length, and then screwed another bit of scrap 2×4 to the bottom for a spacer. Drilled holes at an angle downwards 3/4 of the way through the 2×12, then cut short lengths of 1/2" EMT pipe and set them in the holes. I can slide the weights on these pipes. At first I was concerned about the pipes bending, but they're just like they were when I put them in place. Only difficult part was getting the 2×12 in place as there's another joist nearby – had to angle and wiggle it to get it in the first time. All of the weights are tucked away nicely, but are immediately accessible when I need more plates.

    My point isn't to brag about getting such a good deal, but is that you don't always need to build a frame for a concrete block wall. That one short french cleat has had an immense amount of weight on it for the past 2-3 years with no issues whatsoever. If you think about the direction and type of force beforehand, you can nearly always come up with another (may times easier) way of doing things. =)

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