Arts and Crafts Style Bar Clamp Rack

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Blog entry by Marty Backe posted 01-06-2014 06:41 AM 4351 reads 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently completed this rack to hold my parallel bar clamps.

I try and avoid creating mundane objects, even if they are just for the shop. In this case, the rack is constructed from Baltic birch, but I added some curves and decorative elements to give it an arts and crafts look.

All the joinery is accomplished with my Domino (6mm and 10mm dominos), but at glue-up time I still had to deal with 28 joints at once – fun time, but fortunately successful.

And here’s the rack mounted on the wall, with my current stash of clamps

Here’s a video with some highlights and observations:

14 comments so far

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#1 posted 01-06-2014 07:14 PM

Nice looking clamp rack. That is more detailed than most. I say why not make nice things for our shops, because it inspires us as we work.

How about a review on the Laguna D.C.?


-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 01-06-2014 08:46 PM

Nicely detailed rack! But you should have made it bigger as you are certain to obtain more bar clamps. IMHO

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 01-06-2014 10:39 PM

Thanks Pintodeluxe. See my Blog for three detailed video reviews of the Laguna dust collector

Northewest29 – I’ve been woodworking for 25 years, so at this point I’m pretty confident in my need for clamps. I anticipate buying one more size, so I’m good for capacity with this rack (there are 6 empty slots). Of course I also have lots of other clamps, but this rack is only for my parallel bar clamps.

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#4 posted 01-06-2014 10:43 PM

Rack gorgeous and distinctive

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#5 posted 01-07-2014 04:46 AM

This is a museum quality clamp rack. Wow!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 01-07-2014 04:45 PM

Nice rack you got there.

-- Pie

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#7 posted 01-07-2014 11:11 PM


As with all your projects, this is excellent work. Why don’t you make most of us feel better and tell us this is a hat rack for your entry hall? Nothing I have made for my shop looks this nice! Really great work. Thanks for sharing.

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#8 posted 01-07-2014 11:15 PM

Fancy way to store your clamps!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 01-08-2014 04:21 AM

Mundane bad. Nice A&C clamp rack very good! Who doesn’t like a nice rack?

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#10 posted 01-08-2014 04:37 AM

That’s one fine clamp rack.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#11 posted 01-08-2014 10:07 PM

As a guy you probably don’t expect strangers to come tell you “Nice Rack”!

Your project is making me covet a Festool Domino

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#12 posted 01-09-2014 01:27 PM

Nicely done, and I echo what willie said! We don’t need nice things in the shop, but nicer things give it a cozy quality.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#13 posted 01-16-2014 11:42 AM

Nice clamp rack.

-- Woodworking with Limited Tools

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#14 posted 02-08-2014 06:08 AM

Nice clamp rack. Who says shop furniture can’t have taste?

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