I’ve been spending some time lately working on some organization projects. During the assembly of the bandsaw I’ve been working on, I ended up adding a large number of F-clamps to my arsenal and they have not had a home. So it was time to make a place for clamps to live.
I didn’t take a lot of photos of the construction process (and let’s face it, these are simple and straightforward, not very interesting stuff), but below are some photos of the nearly complete racks.
First, a rack for pipe clamps. I made this for exactly the number I currently have as I don’t plan on adding any more pipe clamps. There are shims at the bottom of the plywood backing piece to make the clamps lean into their homes by 8-10 degrees or so. That way if I bump into them there’s less of a chance of being clobbered in the head by a falling pipe clamp.
Next was a rack for the F-style clamps I have a lot of harbor freight cheapies and some slightly better Irwin clamps, planning on adding more over time of better quality models though.
A happy accident:
Because I made the slots/fingers deeper than they really needed to be, I discovered I was able to stuff two clamps in the same space.
The ‘shelves’ are positioned at 11”, 17”, 23”, 29” and 37”. Any combination of clamps can be stacked vertically with this configuration. For example a 6” clamp (about 10” overall) can be put on the top rung and leaves enough clearance for a second clamp to fit on the 2nd shelf.
-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective