Previously, I stored my longer clamps up between the floor joists, which worked ok, except they were kind of a pain to sneak them out of the cleats. Recently I added on a bit to the shop so had a stretch of open ceiling.
The idea of having a hinged clamp rack has been in my mind for awhile so what the heck, it not that pretty, but it is pretty functional…..
With 8 parallel clamps and 8 “F’ clamps, it was a little heavier than I really imagined, so I have 4 black rubber bungies offsetting the weight on the hinge side. The blue bungies on the front are “just in case”.
Because of the weight, I wanted a way to close it quickly and safely so I have a spring loaded catch on the ceiling so you can just snap it closed:
And here it is closed:
As a side benefit, I flip the clamps up and use it as a level clamping surface with access to all sides of the project – I didn’t honestly plan it this way – but it works out pretty well. Have used it on several glue-ups and it’s only 2 weeks old.
A couple more shots:
I am sure it’s not an unique idea, but this is my design. If you are tight on space, have low ceilings and do alot of clamping, then maybe it’s the thing to do? Used re-purposed 2×4’s from my last shop expansion so really no cost to build. Also have 2 safety latches, one on each side that I lock just in case, like I said, it’s heavier than you think.
Thanks for looking.
-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA