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French cleated tool boards. Handy but dust collectors.
For the last few years, I’ve had a series of french-cleated tool boards for my tools (see picture). I got the idea from a FWW article and I liked the fact that you can move a board of tools from one place to another, and you can reconfigure your storage pretty easily.
However, it turns out that my 300 square foot shop is so tiny that I never had occasion to move a tool board. Worse, from my point of view, is that all the tools are exposed and therefore collect huge amounts of dust. To clean the shop meant to remove each tool and clean it, plus the rack it was stored upon. I found this annoying.
But I did nothing about it until my cousin visited a few weeks ago. Her late father was a woodworker and she brought me a tool cabinet he made many years ago. It isn’t much, but it was made by my fave uncle so I had to incorporate it into the shop. And I was happy for a means to get rid of the tool boards.
So the next few pictures show the installation. I painted the inside of the main panel an off white – it’s dark in my cellar shop and I have to bounce the light around as much as I can.
One day, as I was arranging the tools, I pulled out one of the drawers and saw that my uncle had dated and signed the cabinet:
“Made Nov. 24, 1959 R. Germain”
The tool arrangement isn’t final, but actually using it might suggest a better arrangement.
I may, someday, replace the pegboard on the two doors with something nicer. But that’s inthe future.
It’s time to make something out of wood….
My uncle's tool cabinet, mounted on french cleats
Present arrangement of tools. Use will suggest any optimization. Not entirely happy with the placement of the hammer, Incra protractor, scissors, templates.
Dated and signed. I was pleased to discover this.
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