Shop #1: Workshop: Clamps Storage

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Blog entry by Big Ben posted 01-03-2011 06:45 PM 7367 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With the start of the New Year, I figured I would really start things off on the right foot and get my shop cleaned and organized. I have an number of projects that I would like to complete but my woodworking ADD has gotten the best of me. So I figure I would start small and make some clamp racks, one of pipe clamps and one for bar clamps.
Pipe Clamp Rack

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Bar Clamp Rack

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I am a hobbyist so most of my clamps are Harbor Freight, they work fine but I would stay away from their aluminum bar clamps ( I had one snap during a glue up.

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I have already started my drill press table for my next project, I will post the completed table soon (I hope).

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#1 posted 01-03-2011 07:00 PM

Nice clamp racks! This is the only project I forgot to do this past week in my shop redo. Thanks for the post and inspiration to make my own.

I believe I have the same bar clamps, but mine came from Peachtree USA. The clamps have held fine, the thin metal handle though has bent on a few. I started using a piece of foam when gripping them to prevent all the blisters they gave me when tightening.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#2 posted 01-03-2011 07:35 PM

I had the same thing happen to me. One out of the HF aluminum bar clamps i have broke on a glue up in the same spot. Are the pipe clamps from Hf as well? If so how are they i have a project coming up that requires laminating a lot of 6/4 white oak and need some pipe clamps and was hoping Hf was going to come thru again.
Nice racks by the way.

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Big Ben

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#3 posted 01-03-2011 08:08 PM

The pipe clamps are from HF as well. They work pretty good. I used them to glue up my bench which 4” thick Southern Yellow Pine with no issue.

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#4 posted 01-03-2011 08:43 PM

Ok Great. Thanks

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#5 posted 01-03-2011 10:31 PM

I don’t have that many….....yet, but I took those closet shelf brackets and put a 1×6” board in them. They hold the bar clamps really well.

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#6 posted 01-03-2011 10:41 PM

nice rack! (lol)

the only thing I’d be concerned about especially with PIPE clamps which are ubber heavy is the height they are hung at. I would not hang clamps anywhere above head level, see my reason:

Be safe

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#7 posted 01-04-2011 08:08 PM

Nice start on your clamp racks. I have several parallel and pipe clamps all stored together on one rack. I don’t have a lot of wall space, so I chose to come out away from the wall. It works really well, but I’ll probably build a rolling clamp rack to save myself from having to make multiple trips with heavy clamps. Here are my racks:

quick grips:

Parallel and pipe clamps:

Updated location and clamps

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