I live in a house with extreme low-end wire shelving in the pantry and closets. I’ve been thinking about replacing it with French cleats and wall brackets. Seems like a simple enough project using the techniques Paul teaches.
Anyway I came across this video for “easy diy closet french cleat shelving.’ https://craftedworkshop.com/blog/how-to-build-diy-french-cleat-pantry-shelving-pantry-organization
Wow. That’s not a shop, it’s a warehouse. Every conceivable power tool. Including computer drawing and cnc. My heart was racing by the end. To his credit, those are real skills, but he left off step 1: buy $15,000 worth of tools.
There’s some good ideas here and it proves it can be done, but boy am I glad I never bought a power router or a table saw. I’m not in a hurry.
I see stuff like that and can’t help thinking its intent is to compell you to buy expensive tools.
Definitely upgrading the wire shelving with something you made will be worth it. I’ve never done French cleats though. I am leaning toward the Wooden Wall Bracket project. Shows off what’s holding up the shelf.
- Debra J
Another option, should you fancy it is to build freestanding shelves. (Large bookcase, linen cupboard without a door etc). My house is old and has walls that can best be described as amalgamated rubble. That makes drilling reliable holes to mount the wall side of a cleat to about as easy as reading a newspaper in a force ten gale, and as reliable as a chocolate fireguard. Yet another option is to put up some simple framing, to the sides and the back of the pantry, and use that to hang the cleats or wall brackets on. I did that in my workshop and it worked really well.
Colin, Czech Rep.
Thanks, Colin. You’re sort of reading my mind. My skills aren’t really good enough to let anything I’m making currently inside the house, so I’m using shop projects as skill builders. If I’m predicting, I bet I’ll try each of your suggestions in the garage before I risk unfortunate developments in the closets in the house. Also, you’ve got quite the turns of phrase in your response!
No! Make something, take it indoors, get some feedback. Say it’s a prototype, or a first go, or something similar. That way, when you do the better one, that you are really proud of, you don’t get “it looks really nice, but can you make it a bit longer or wider?”. Remember, once you do the better one, you can always take the first one back to the workshop.
With the amount of mind changing that my missus has done with the install of this second hand kitchen I’m doing at the moment, I am now at the point of assuming anything I do will need to be redone because she can’t visualise how it will be unless it already is. (I even set it up under the car port, and asked her if this was how she wanted it. Imagine my complete and utter lack of surprise when I started putting it inside to the soundtrack of ” Umm, I’m not sure I like it that way”.)
Colin, Czech Rep.
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