New Shop building! #7: My take on clamp storage

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Blog entry by JoeinGa posted 09-10-2014 08:40 PM 2906 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Finally getting some stuff set up in the new shop. I retired from the workforce at the end of August (YEA, ME) and have been taking it easy so far (Gotta pace myself you know)

I have been (slowly) unpacking the 11’ X 20’ storage area that I put up almost 13 months ago. Closed off about 1/2 of a 2-car carport and stuffed everything from my 30’ X 40’ shop that I brought down here from 10aSEE. It was simple plywood walls on 2X4 frames, put together with decking screws so I could dis-assemble it and re-use the wood. It was stuffed so full I couldn’t hardly put a piece of sandpaper in there, much less get anything out that I needed.

About 1/2 of my “wall space” has been taken up with industrial shelving that I’ve carted thru 4 states, assembling and re-assembling in every place we’ve lived for the last 25 years.


On one wall it left me with about 8’ of blank space and I decided to make that my clamp storage area. I looked at just about every clamp storage solution I could find here on LJs and used several of your ideas for mine. Take a minute and search “clamp storage” here, it’s surprising how MUCH info there is shared here! I used 2X4’s and the dado blade on my RAS to space them, so I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

The spring clamps are hung on a piece of aluminum angle I screwed to the ceiling.




As you can see I left plenty of extra spaces for growth, because we all know that you can never have too many clamps, right?

It was difficult to get a decent picture. The window in that door is painted white, and the slide-up window at the right end actually has a mini-blind over the top half and the lower half is also painted white. Maybe if I wait till night and use the flash I can get a nice clear shot?

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August McCormick Lehman III

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#1 posted 09-10-2014 09:11 PM

That looks very neat and organize.
I love those Jorgensen orange clamp I have the 12” or the next one up.
And they are strong.
Looks like you could use more LOL
Nice set up bud.


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#2 posted 09-10-2014 09:12 PM

I like the idea for the spring clamp storage , might have to borrow that one. Can you still use the door with the clamp rack there?

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#3 posted 09-10-2014 09:33 PM

It looks great, almost too organized. Those clamps will have a home for a longtime. Congrats on your retirement. Now it’s time for some serious work. Good to see that shop filling up.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Dale J Struhar Sr

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#4 posted 09-10-2014 10:04 PM

I wouldn’t know how to work in such an organized shop!

-- Dale, Ohio

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Carl W Richardson

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#5 posted 09-11-2014 12:02 PM

Congrats on your retirement.. It’s a wonderful way of life…

Shop is looking good and NO! you can never have enough clamps!!!! Recent project in my shop cleared almost the entire clamp wall.. Now I know I have to buy more..

-- Carl W Richardson, Tennessee Woodworker

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#6 posted 09-11-2014 12:25 PM

Looks great Joe. Hope you don’t need to get out that door in a hurry.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#7 posted 09-11-2014 01:27 PM

Thanks for the comments …

Hey Carl, Do you know anywhere you can get a good deal on some clamps? (insert winking smiley face here)

Dale… “I wouldn’t know how to work in such an organized shop!” haha, you’ll notice that I did NOT turn the camera around. Trust me, it’s NOT an organized shop!

Richard … ”I like the idea for the spring clamp storage” – I noticed the 8’ piece of aluminum angle standing in the corner and it just came to me to screw it to the ceiling. The ceiling is just at 8’ so I can reach them easily.

Richard & Bill M. ... re: the door. When I bought this double-wide they told me the door had blown off in a storm. It was held in place by a board screwed across it. When I took off the board I could see it was not the door that had actually came out of that frame. The hinges were on the wrong side plus I hadn’t noticed that the window is different from the other door . So I decided to just screw it into the jamb with about 50 deck screws and seal it up. The door is non-functional now.


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#8 posted 09-20-2014 02:20 AM

Good for you Joe, retirement is a great thing. One and a half years I can stay home to but then the real work begins, I can’t wait. Good Luck.

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#9 posted 10-22-2014 02:46 AM

Job well done mate! I haven’t seen a work space look this organized for storage in a long time! I can’t wait to see what it looks like when all your stuff has been moved in and properly arranged on the shelves. I’m sure I can pick up a few ideas to implement in my own garage too! Just one question though, why is the door being blocked up by the bar? Aren’t you going to use the door at all?

-- Mark Grogan @

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#10 posted 10-22-2014 06:55 PM

Mark, when I bought the building I was told the door had blown off in a storm. They had simply placed it back in the frame and tacked a board over it to hold it in the frame. I actually didn’t look close enough to realize the windows didn’t match and when I started to “fix” the door, I realized it’s not even the door that was original to that frame. The lockset (and hinges) were on the wrong sides and I would have had to buy a new door, which I didn’t have the funds for.
Rather than put a piece of plywood over the hole, I used about 30 deck screws to seal the door into the frame, and using “expand-foam” I filled in all the gaps. So from the outside view, it simply looks like a door that I dont use.

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