I decided to add some storage accessories before I moved on to the second drawer. Mostly because a table this size displaces a lot of stuff and I really wanted to straighten up the shop a bit. I had originally wanted to build a shallow cabinet for the ends (like the ones in Woodworking for Mere Mortals), but I decided that would not be practical, so I built a cleat board for one end to see how I liked it.
The purpose of this board is to hang clamps. I have seen several clamp storage solutions, but not what I was really looking for. I think the biggest drawback to the typical clamp rack is that clamps need to be removed and put back individually. I figured that I rarely use a single clamp, and often in groups of four. So I built several clamp caddies that would allow me to grab four at a time.
I also had a bunch of spring clamps that were living in a box that was slowly filling up with sawdust. I decided to add a cleat to the side of the table and built some racks for smaller clamps.
I also built two caddies for a bunch of 4 inch bar clamps, but I do not have any pictures of them. They hang on the side of the table next to the spring clamps. I was uncertain if I wanted to hang stuff on the side of the table but it has turned out to be very convenient. I also knocked out the second drawer. Things are starting to find homes and the clutter is slowly going away. Except the giant pile of *&% on the back bench. I look forward to the day that is gone.
Next installment is about a big scary decision.
-- I can complicate anything