What started out as a simple clamp rack project grew into an entire assembly center.
I started out wanting a mobile rack for all of my clamps to make assembly easier and avoid the running back and forth for clamps and/or having the work table covered in clamps so there is no room to work. The next thing I knew the project grew into the idea of having everything needed for assembly on a mobile cart – clamps, glue, biscuit joiners and biscuits, dowels jigs and dowels, pocket jig pocket hole clamps and screws, and more!
Here is the completed rack (fully loaded) before final sanding and finishing.
I started out with some left over 8/4 Red Oak from my Counter Height Table Top project. I had several long side cuts with wane and one wide board that wasn’t good enough for the table top. I also had a large piece (36” by 56”) of 3/4 Red Oak plywood from another project, and some left over 3/4” oak stock.
I really enjoy the challenge of making something useful out of scraps and salvaged stock. I set the width dimension of the rack pieces based on the narrowest width. A couple of pieces still have some wane,
but i plan on routing the edges with a 3/4” round-over so i could cheat a little.
I started the project by laying out the profile of the “A frames” in chalk on my workshop floor. This helped me work out the dimensions and the angles. I usually start on paper and work everything out, but I decided to just design on the fly this time.
I had a few requirements in mind to start with – the height at 60” with a top shelf of 12” with 10 degree angles, which determined the base width of the A frames.
I laid out all of my clamps which is what I used to determine a width of 24”. Once I put the A frames together I clamped the basic assembly together to make sure the clamps would fit and to work out where the middle shelf and the lower clamp bracket should go.
-- Paul, St Louis, MO, www.paulheirendt.com