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Shop Projects #2: Clamp rack / organization

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Blog entry by William Shelley posted 06-15-2014 04:44 AM 2541 reads 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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



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whitebeast88

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#1 posted 06-15-2014 03:37 PM

great loking clamp rack.thats one of the best things i’ve built,so nice to go grab what you need and put up as soon as finished.thanks for sharing!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Roger

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#2 posted 06-15-2014 10:02 PM

I like the double deep idea. Super nice!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#3 posted 06-15-2014 10:45 PM

Had you not mentioned the “Happy Accident”, I’d of thought you to be a genius!!!

Nice design and execution. WELL DONE!!!

Clamp racks are on my veeeeeery looooooong list of shop projects….
Thanks for helping me through the “design phase”.
Now If I could only shake off my propensity for procrastination!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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William Shelley

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#4 posted 06-15-2014 10:48 PM

This project became a necessity when I purchased about 22 harbor freight F-clamps to do the glue-up of my bandsaw frame…. which nearly doubled my entire inventory of clamps. If there’s interest from other LJ’s i might put together some CAD plans for what I made.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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DIYaholic

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#5 posted 06-15-2014 11:06 PM

I forgot to mention it earlier….

Welcome to LumberJock….
A great place to feed your wood working insanity!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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William Shelley

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#6 posted 06-16-2014 12:00 AM

Update: Got the rack painted and hung up on the wall. And populated.

Painting:

done painting. I should have painted the parts before assembly.

Installed:

Clamps:

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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DIYaholic

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#7 posted 06-16-2014 02:10 AM

Looks like you pre-planned for additional clamp acquisitions.
That’s smart thinkin’!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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William Shelley

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#8 posted 06-18-2014 01:02 AM

It’s also dangerous… now there’s nothing except self-control keeping me from buying more clamps. And when was the last time you saw a woodworker with self-control? Yeah, exactly.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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#9 posted 07-19-2014 01:35 AM

How deep are the cuts for each clamp? Great looking design!

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#10 posted 10-10-2014 08:21 PM

Shelf spacing => Prime numbers…magical.

-- Every project is perfect until it's started.

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