Slapped together improved clamp and safety gear organization.

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Project by dbhost posted 07-31-2009 06:04 AM 2696 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The pictures pretty much say it all. I started out with some simple 2×2s mounted on 2×4 scrap for clamp racks, then my clamps, and safety gear and other stuff sort of kept growing, and space got to be a REAL issue in my shop. Pipe clamps were added to the mix and only complicated matters.

I included sort of a before and after for the racks.

The entire project except the hardware was all scrap from one project or another, so with both closet rod brackets ($2.59 each) and 4 springy broom clips (2 packages of 2 $1.89 each) not to mention a small handful of recycled screws, I have less than $10.00 including sales tax into this setup.

You can also see on the after pic the entryway door location of the first aid kit. The blue bins in the before pic are still in that same location, and hold things like gloves, peg board pegs, utility knives etc… The shelf currently has a medium 3M 6200 respirator (in the giant Ziplock bag) and a large 3M 7200series respirator in the gladware tub. Yeah my face got fat as I got older… And the 6200 isn’t as flexible as it once was… A couple of pairs of safety glasses, and my Winchester Shooters muffs are up there. I have plenty of space there for other PPE too! This is too cool!

The spring clamps are all on a heavy gauge wire coat hanger that I simply bent into a giant smooth loop.

I know this isn’t one of those pretty brag on it sorts of projects, but this is so useful I just HAD to share…

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Don K.

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#1 posted 07-31-2009 06:11 AM

Turned out nice…really helped organize it…nice “Neat” look to it.

-- Don S.E. OK

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#2 posted 07-31-2009 06:52 AM


Yeah, It lacks pretty, but I have so far to go in getting my shop straight it’s not funny. I have been blessed with a mess of tools, and materials this past year and it all needs to go where it is going to go. Particularly the fence waiting to be built that is sitting in my shop. And the cases and cases of beer bottles waiting to be sterilized and boxed for the next batches, and….. Well you get the idea. WAY too many irons in the fire.

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#3 posted 07-31-2009 07:03 AM

Beer ???????????????? Need help in the shop ? LOL

-- Don S.E. OK

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#4 posted 07-31-2009 12:26 PM

It dont hurt to have a well organization shop.

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#5 posted 07-31-2009 12:35 PM

You’re not sharing that beer? Shame on you. I love your idea for the storage. Looks great.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#6 posted 07-31-2009 04:12 PM

Hey if you guys want to help me clean up enough to get back to where the bottles are… I will brew another batch or two. I am itching to do a Bock and a Cream Ale… Yes I have a severe case if DIYitis…

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#7 posted 07-31-2009 10:50 PM

good idea well done

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#8 posted 08-20-2009 06:40 AM

Thanks for the feedback. I had to go this route to message since I need to post at least 5 times. This makes 4. I was very close to getting the HF vice and it is comparable so you just get to miss out on the Rockler stencil. I put on some Cherry blocks on it but haven’t gotten around to getting the bench dog holes in but I am sure there will be a project that demands it but then they came out with those damn bench cookies. If you get on Rockler’s mailing list there are sporadic moments when certain items get a significant drop. Mine came together quite slowly too but as long as it comes together. I know it might be a bit “dressed up” for a workbench but I learned how to apply melamine etc. on it. Table top has to be able to screw off too or else it can’t leave the room it is pictured in. The casters are definitely a convenience but it is a nice idea to be able to disengage them to get a sturdier base.
Good luck with yours but from seeing your projects I am sure it will be impressive. I am looking forward to seeing your pics when you post and hope you won’t be offended if I see any ideas to add to mine.

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#9 posted 08-20-2009 10:04 PM

For those of you that don’t get what Endgrain is talking about, I had commented on his variation of the Fine Woodworking workbench from their Getting Started in Woodworking video series. His is VERY close to what I am trying to do. Hardboard top, edge banded around the top to cover the MDF, flush mounting the lower shelf, and actually finished. If I am not mistaken his is done in Minwax Golden Oak. Mine will be done in the Golden Pecan, a slightly darker color, not much, just slight…

If you haven’t seen his bench, you really ought to, it is top notch…

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#10 posted 10-15-2010 09:29 PM

Clamp storage is so important. Great job.

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