Shop clamp storage

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Project by Mark Gipson posted 03-26-2009 03:47 AM 36701 views 10 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have recently started setting up my first woodworking shop and have made a start on adding some storage for my small but precious collection of tools. Here in Thailand any quality tools are imported making them more expensive than buying the same item in the west.

I built this simple clamp storage rack using some rubber wood left over from my footstool project and a piece of twisted Thai plywood. It is hung on the shop wall using a French cleat, something I had never heard of until I started reading through this site, LumberJocks is great place for a beginner such as myself to learn new things.

I’d like to claim that my other 100 clamps were in use on a big project, but that is my entire clamp collection at the moment. When I started woodworking I promised not to go crazy buying things I don’t need. I have stuck with the promise so far and have used every single tool I have, I’ll buy or make new clamps as I need them.

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#1 posted 03-26-2009 04:05 AM

This is very similar to one I made for some of my clamps. Purpose drives design I guess. Anyway, it looks solid, and mine haven’t fallen down for the few years they’ve been up so I think you can expect plenty of life out of it.

-- Chris

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#2 posted 03-26-2009 06:19 AM

You might want to laminate a piece of hardboard across the fingers and then re-cut. If you do this, you won’t have to worry about the fingers snapping off because of the long grain running the length of the board.

I had one like this that lost a few fingers.

-- Seems that talent only gets you so far... effort makes you successful.

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#3 posted 03-26-2009 06:36 AM

Thanks for the tip topspin, that sounds like a good idea.

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#4 posted 03-26-2009 01:02 PM

This is a nice storage idea for your clamps. It keeps that organized and readily available.

Nice idea.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 03-26-2009 05:23 PM

I make one of these, same design. Soon or later the small segments dadoed will break, due the heavy weigth of clamps and the use of placing and picking up it. Considering that in no time you will build another (never enough clamps), I suggest to cut small pieces (1 1/2×10”) and glue it in a base board, with the grain of the small pieces running parallel to the clamp. The only difference is that the deep reach clamps hangs inverted to your design, but will not break.

-- Tempus fugit...better work wood!!!

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#6 posted 03-26-2009 06:42 PM

It’s a good idea, and you did a good job on it. I should post the one I made many years ago. It measures no more than 14 in. wide by about 10 in. deep and holds all my bar clamps, that weighs a total of about 200 lbs. I made it out of angle iron, I know that most guys don’t work in metal, but thats an advantage I have, since I also do metal work. It’s well worth doing it this way since room in a shop becomes scarce, and orginization is so important.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#7 posted 03-27-2009 04:47 AM

Very nice clamp rack. If you have a scrap piece of that plywood left you could cut that and glue it to the the top. It would perform well for years.

I think we will see good things from you in the future. Only buy quality tools that you actually will use is wise advice.

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#8 posted 03-27-2009 05:02 AM

keep up the good work.

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#9 posted 05-22-2009 02:17 AM

Nicely done Mark, like the peg idea for the C clamps and the back board, nice variation on the ‘universal clamp hanger’ that darn near everyone has. This is definitely one of those ‘function dictates design’ projects, based upon experience it won’t be long before you will have tools hanging off the end of the shelf as well.

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#10 posted 06-13-2009 12:45 PM

I was looking at your hot plate stand you posted and saw this in your previous projects. Very cool! I need one of these as I am accumulating clamps and keep stubbing my toes on them.

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#11 posted 06-13-2009 09:53 PM

I’ll second (or third) the experience of having the fingers break off. I haven’t remade mine, or laminated a piece on – I just glue it and tack it back in place with a brad or staple. Never had one break twice.


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#12 posted 07-15-2010 07:04 PM

I built one years ago and larger clamps have broken several of the fingers off mine as well. Also when loaded up the weight of it started to pull some anchors out of the concrete wall it is attached to and some clamps fell off. I still use it for lighter clamps but for all of my heavy or costly clamps I use a Handy-Hooker Clamp hanger by DRD Corp (found on Google) which can hold any clamp for a low cost (about $2 per clamp). It is truly a drop-proof design worth checking out.

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