My First Lie-Nielsen and French Cleat Tool Storage System

I hope everyone had a great Holiday season and that the New Year is treating you well. I haven’t posted much since the Holiday season kept me pretty busy, but I actually did have some things I did in December and beginning of January that I think are worth posting.

I went to a Lie-Nielsen tool event in October of 2009 which I was really impressed with, so when they were coming back to the area (this time in Beverly, MA), I went… with a budget. While there, I picked up this sweet dovetail saw – my first Lie-Nielsen tool.

I also got some time in the shop to work on some organization. I have one section of wall in my basement that was an ideal place to put a French Cleat system, which makes it much more functional than looking at a stone foundation wall. I got this idea from The Wood Whisperer (Episode 106). Basically the idea is to have a cleat cut at the top at 45 degrees toward the wall, then you make custom hangers for your tools with a mating 45 degree hanger.

For my setup I put up some 2×4’s, then mounted pine panels to them. I then put up some basic trim the same thickness as the cleats (3/4″). Of course I had to make it “official” by putting up my “The Wood Lab” sign.

And what was my first hanger? One for my shiny new Lie-Nielsen dovetail saw of course! I’ve posted some pictures below.

2 thoughts on “My First Lie-Nielsen and French Cleat Tool Storage System

  1. I like the idea of bevelling the edges of those blocks to hang your saw on – I can’t think of a better solution for a saw with an ‘open ‘-style handle, without risk of the saw falling off.

    How difficult was it to cut those tight curves at a 45° angle? Or, did you use a bandsaw or scroll saw?


    1. Hi Olly, thanks for stopping by! I have a small 9″ bandsaw that I cut the general shape with, not yet beveling the edge. To then bevel the edge, I used the belt portion of my 6″ disc/4″ belt sander. To clean up the real tight spot (the curve to the small flat spot on the outermost part of the handle), I used a chisel followed with a little hand sanding.

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