first glue up of base structure

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 07-07-2014 01:32 AM 1508 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have 60+ clamps that are littered on the wood floor, stashed on odd ball shelving, and ontop of tables. Basically, wherever there was a heap of real estate. So, after my lumber rack and router mortise jig completion, I turned to clamp storage. I considered going wall mount or on a cart: I came to the decision my wall space was more premium real estate. Cart it is.
Here are my clamps I have acquired in 2 years (not including Pony and odd ball clamps):

Once I decided to go with a cart, I am loosely going to follow LeeInAZ. First, the base foundation of the cart where all heavy clamps will find a home has to be Uber Strong as I am unsure how much total weight the foundation will have to hold. So I laminated 3 boards of 3/4” plywood and used 5” castors. Also, needed a support structure other than the vertical 4’x4’ for added stability and future swinging doors. This is where I stopped for the weekend:

I will allow the 50”+ clamps to extend above the top, or put an additional 3/4” piece uptop and then cut out holes. Unsure yet.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#1 posted 07-07-2014 02:16 AM

looking nice.can’t wait to see it finished.i went with the wall racks about a year ago and have been considering making a mobile rack you said wall space is at a premium.thanks for sharing.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 07-07-2014 02:21 AM

it will look…. utilitarian when i’m all finished. i’m not skilled enough to make projects go ‘ooooo ahhhhh pretty’ :) i’m also undecided to have a left hinged 4’ swing out wing and / or also a right hinged 4’ swing out wing. giving me basically 3 total components. I do not have THAT many clamps (yet). i’ll probably just have a single swing out door and leave the other swing out door for possible future.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#3 posted 07-07-2014 05:41 PM

Lookin good. I need to put this at the top of my “to do” list. Tired of hittin my head on bar clamps hangin from the rafters.

-- Gary

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#4 posted 07-07-2014 07:51 PM

I like the idea of using “wings” to store more clamps on. I built a rack that looks a lot like an A-frame ladder a few years ago because, like you, I felt that wall space was a premium. Lookin’ good so far!


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#5 posted 07-07-2014 11:41 PM

Alrighty then. A cart it is LOL

Gonna add this to my favs so I can see how it turns out. Will be interested in seeing what works and what dont for you. So when I build mine I can steal (oops I mean COPY) some of your ideas

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#6 posted 07-08-2014 12:23 AM

I know a couple people have questioned the width of the foundation. I will be putting all heavy clamps “head down” and resting on the foundation itself in some form or fashion, as I am doing with the bessey and jorgensen clamps in the picture. light weight’s will be hanging on side walls. This also will not be moved daily or even weekly, but only during shop clean up or car maintenance periods. I also plan on creating swing out doors (undecided to be single door or double door) that will also have a single 5” castor at one end with piano hinge at other end to give balance when “deployed”.

Gary… my “to do” list is 20+ long. garage shelving was #1 (done), lumber rack (done) #2, router mortise jig (done) #3, clamp rack (in progress) #4, power tool shelving (next… probably french cleats), hand tool cabinet, bleh bleh bleh. Just gotta peck away at 1 project at a time when time and finances allow.

Joe.. feel free to steal anything of mine, here on LJ’s. I post them to give other members ideas and solutions that i’m sure they will edit and enhance than my shabby utilitarian projects.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#7 posted 07-08-2014 07:38 PM

Looks great so far, I had one of those when I worked out of my 2 car garage. I found that I didn’t really utilize it that well in there since everything was so close. I debated doing another one in my larger shop though. Can’t wait to see it finished.

-- I don't make mistakes, I make design challenges!

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