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A new clamp wall for a new shop

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Project by Holzarbeiterin posted 12-01-2014 05:53 PM 2283 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I moved to Germany and have started to set up a new shop. The shop floor space is at a premium so that ruled out having a clamp cart like I have at my house in Vermont. This wall is only a couple of steps from my workbench so it’s pretty convenient. I wanted it to be flexible so it would accommodate more clamps as I got them as well as be safe when they are mounted at a height that was above my head. The 3/4” plywood is mounted on to the wall using a french cleats on the top and bottom and additional backing strips which are attached to the wall with countersunk hex bolts and plastic Dubel (Dubel is a German word which in English I think are plastic rawls).

I used 4 rows of heavy duty German-made T-track. They take an 8mm bolt (about 5/16”). Each row uses one piece of track. The only downside was that it didn’t come pre-drilled but that was a minor inconvenience. The track is screwed into a 1/8” deep dado. The blocks that hold the clamps are made from standard lumber from the “Bauhaus”. There is a dado in the bottom so that it slides along the track. The bolt holes are recessed. There are two different block lengths that I used based on the depth I needed for the various clamps. I made custom holders for my spring clamps and hand screws. There is also a box that holds all my gluing supplies. It sits on a shelf so I can take the box to the bench when I do a glue-up. I need one more box for the second shelf that holds my corner clamps, surgical tubing and band clamps. I”ll take care of that my next day in the shop along with making a holder for my Kreg clamps. If you look close, you will see I used the clamp rack to hold my yellow handled glue scraper. Now everything I need for gluing and clamping is in one place. I’m a very happy camper!

-- Linda - It's only a mistake if you do it twice!





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Richard

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#1 posted 12-01-2014 06:50 PM

Very nice and neat setup. Are you allowed to use a Dado blade in your tablesaw in Germany ?

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Holzarbeiterin

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#2 posted 12-01-2014 07:20 PM

Hi Richard,

That’s a good question. To be honest, I don’t know what the law is here. I currently have a little Dewalt DW 745 table saw I bought through Amazon here in Germany. I imagine if I would buy a cabinet saw it would have that capability. I got that one because I wanted something with a 5/8” arbor and 3/4” x 3/8” miter gauge slots. I have a great collection of saw blades and a really nice miter gauge I built and wanted to make sure I could use them. The arbor shaft is pretty short. My Freud dial-a dado doesn’t fit at all. But, In Vermont, at my other shop I have a 1/4-3/8” box joint blade set that should work just fine. I cut the dados with an old narrow Freud glue line rip blade I had. It’a all I had to make a flat bottomed cut. It took multiple passes to make the 17mm (just under 3/4”) dado. I used my router plane to even everything out nice on the plywood strips that hold the T-track and a chisel on the wood blocks. Cutting the dados was the longest part of the whole project. Unfortunately I don’t have router table yet… But soon! I built a router table in the states. I’m going home to the USA for Christmas and will bring it back here and build a cabinet for it.

-- Linda - It's only a mistake if you do it twice!

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#3 posted 12-01-2014 07:58 PM

Well done, enjoy

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 12-01-2014 08:07 PM

It’s quite abvious that you have way too many clamps….

Great work!

-- Ed

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#5 posted 12-02-2014 12:07 AM

I love it. You must be a very organized person.

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#6 posted 12-02-2014 12:08 AM

Linda , I know a lot of areas in the EU don’t allow them to sold for home or commercial shop use but I would think if you were useing it at home they most likely wouldn’t be checking. But the Router can do them as well with the right jig.

And Ed , shame on you thats only half enough clamps.

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Holzarbeiterin

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#7 posted 12-02-2014 06:58 AM

Hi Richard,

Yeah, I could have set up a jig to use my handheld router but I was just too lazy on Saturday. :-) I actually didn’t mind the hand tool work to clean up the dados. I wasn’t really all that bad. You are right about the clamps. I do need a few more. I’ve got the hardware to make a couple more hand screws. (I made the little 6 incher that’s on the wall already) I’m also want a few more F clamps. I’m working on it! LOL Bessey clamps are actually cheap here. It’s one of the only things I’ve been able to say that about!

-- Linda - It's only a mistake if you do it twice!

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#8 posted 12-04-2014 10:15 AM

Nice work. This is the first time I’ve seen T-track on something like this. I’m on the fence between shamelessly stealing your idea, and building a mobile clamp rack!

-- Chris Knight - West Michigan - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gift-of-Memories/161419607227992?ref=hl

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Holzarbeiterin

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#9 posted 12-04-2014 11:00 AM

Hi Chris,

Glad you like it. I can’t take credit for the idea so feel free to steal it! It comes from Shopnotes issue #73 (I think). I made a couple of minor changes but that was mostly due to what was available here in Germany. I also didn’t care for their solution for the spring clamps which was to put a dowel into one of the wood blocks. For me, that had the clamps sticking too far out from the wall. Given the length of the t-track I could get and the wall I wanted to use, the best solution was to screw the clamp racks right to the wall.

I have a shop in Vermont where I have a mobile clamp rack and I have my new clamp wall where I currenly work in Germany. For me, I wish I would have done a clamp wall in VT. For me, floor space is always the issue. Not the wall space.

-- Linda - It's only a mistake if you do it twice!

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handsawgeek

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#10 posted 12-04-2014 10:20 PM

Actually, I stand corrected. You don’t have enough…better git busy!

-- Ed

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#11 posted 12-05-2014 06:39 AM

Hi Ed,

I have taken your advice and bought 4 new Bessey medium duty bar clamps. I’ll be in the workshop next week Friday. I’ll update the photo. I also intend to do a few more close-up shots. I’m still scratching my head wondering why I didn’t do that last weekend…

-- Linda - It's only a mistake if you do it twice!

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#12 posted 01-06-2015 04:19 AM

nice work, can never have too many clamps, and to keep them all organized is an added bonus!

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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