If referring to the standard slatwall you find in retail stores to
hold displays/racks, they are not really all that durable
Gladitor Garageworks has a slatwall that is made specifically for use
in workshops/garages that is VERY durable, but also VERY EXPENSIVE
On Sat, 25 Sep 2004 16:18:39 -0400, WoodMangler
As far as I know, LOWE's is an official dealer, not HD for the
Gladiator stuff. Looked into it last year, and came up with prices
close to what you estimated as well, so I DO NOT have it in my shop
until I win the lottery
On Sun, 26 Sep 2004 12:23:53 -0400, WoodMangler
Global industrial supplies sells slatwall panels with aluminum inserts
(like t-track, I guess) that look they would be more durable than
standard slat wall.
The price is about double, but not ridiculous.
The link is to 8x4 size panels, but they have all different sizes.
I imagine the shipping will be a bit steep, however.
On Sat, 25 Sep 2004 16:18:39 -0400, WoodMangler wrote:
After years of dust collecting on crap hanging from peg board and
generally stuff out in the open, I bought the cheapest HD melamine kitchen
wall cabinets and hung them on the wall above my RAS and extension benches
- 16' overall. Stuff stays much neater and cleaner and I can take the
leaf blower to the gar^H^H^Hshop without removing half the wall hung
items. I used four 30" wide and two 36" wide cabinets. Had to modify the
one over the RAS to alllow for height adjustments. I also used two of the
heavy duty 2' x 4' metal shelf/bench units for the extension benches. I
covered the tops with 3/4" MDF topped with 1/4" tempered hardboard and
edge banded with oak. The tempered hardboard is replaceable but has held
up well with several liberal coats of LJ's favorite poly :-)
"If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples
then you and I will still each have one apple.
I currently manage a project that has about a half million dollars
worth of slatwall in it.
Slatwall comes in many forms.
If it were my shop, I'd put shelf standards up on the studs and run
slatwall in between. The standards will handle the heavy stuff and
the slatwall will give you the ability to hang lighter stuff in
between the standards.
"People funny. Life a funny thing." Sonny Liston
Thomas J.Watson - Cabinetmaker (ret.)
tjwatson1ATcomcastDOTnet (real email)
If I may offer this suggestion... NO matter what you see
in magazines, hanging stuff on hooks is "bad business" that
you will live to regret. Everything you hang from a hook
will become covered in dust and spider webs or what ever
else is floating around in the shop.
Buy plywood on sale at Home Depot and make yourself as
many cabinets as you can possibly hang on the walls. Use
the "french cleat" method and stick them in every possible
space. Your shop will remain much neater and cleaner and
you might even be able to find things when you need them.
Just say "No to pegboard"...
I'm starting to lean toward the "narrow version" that is
"about" 6" deep and the door is another box "about" 4" deep
and hung to box using piano hinges. Put all those "little"
pieces away and you will start to love the new space.
A house we bought had kitchen face frames and doors on DEEP HD ply in
the garage. After 6 moths we had no idea what was stored in the dark
recesses of the cabinets. Took the face frames off and reduced the
depth to about a foot. Much better. Current garage has cabinets buit
in as permanent and wish now they had cleats.
On Mon, 27 Sep 2004 20:20:35 GMT, Pat Barber
If you're in cali, or other places with 'quakes, make sure you have
some other way of ensuring that all your cabinets don't come tumbling
down when the ground moves. I can easily see the cabinets work out of
the cleats in a larger quake, and considering the expense of the tools
within (and below them), not worth the potential losses.
This actually also applies to people within a few hundred miles of the
missourri bootheel, but with the New Madrid lets loose, you'll
probably lose the whole shop, so I wouldn't worry about it as much.
Definitely nicer than the deep shelves/cabinets I grew up with, that
could hide small children... Amazing how many tools can get lost in
(in Santa Cruz Mtns, couples miles from San Andreas faultline, in a
house well-built to take the quakes, and family near the New Madrid
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