I was sick and tired of my clamp situation. There is not really any wall space available for a clamp rack. So I decided to clean out under my work bench and build a drawer with wheels that I can roll in and out.
I used whatever I could find to make the tray. The front and rear pieces and one side are 3/4 inch plywood. I had to use a piece of 1/2 inch for the other side. :-) The bottom is 1/2 inch CD plywood glued and stapled to the frame. I used a piece of 1/2 inch plywood to make a separator for the drawer to keep the clamps separated and somewhat organized. I wish I could have fabricated some slotted pieces so I could let the clamps sit straight up, but there isn’t enough clearance to do that.
I made the wheels out of more 1/2 inch plywood. I used a 5 inch hole saw which made the job a snap. All I had to do was sand off the fuzz and install them with 1/4 inch bolts, washers and lock nuts.
As you can see, this is not high end cabinetmaking, but dang this sure is handy and helped reduce the clutter I was dealing with.
I still need a handle. Next trip to town I will get a handle to match the two drawers.
After seeing what a big difference this drawer made, I looked around realized there is more room under my big tool box. so, looks like I will be making several more of these drawers in the near future.
Hope you like it.
Note: This was not my idea. I ran across it in a magazine a while back. I forgot which one.
-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas