|Project by Holzarbeiterin||posted 12-01-2014 05:53 PM||2322 views||6 times favorited||12 comments|
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!
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