I have too many clamps!

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Project by bondogaposis posted 01-06-2016 07:32 PM 2904 views 6 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have too many clamps, said no woodworker ever. I have too many until I am doing a complicated glue up and then I don’t have enough of the right kind of clamps. As some of you know I am in the process of moving into a new shop and getting organized has been a daunting task. Hence the neatly organized clamp pile in picture one. In my old shop I had clamps strung out over 3 walls and glue ups became almost aerobic w/ me running from wall to wall to grabbing clamps and getting them in place before the glue set up. Determined not to carry inefficiencies from the old shop to the new shop I decided that a clamp cart was the ticket. Not wanting to reinvent the wheel, I decided on Norm’s New Yankee clamp cart, a design that has stood the test of time. Lots of LJ’s have built something similar all seem to praise the basic concept. So here is mine. It still has lots of room to add more clamps if my collection grows. It has a small foot print and I can bring all of my clamps to a glue up when needed and push it out of the way when I don’t. Norm was in the genius zone on this I think. The wood is all plywood with hardwood dowels, I didn’t put any finish on it.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#1 posted 01-06-2016 10:28 PM

There’s lots of space left over for even MORE clamps now. Like chips and popcorn -one is never enough, one more is never too many either.

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#2 posted 01-07-2016 02:22 AM


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#3 posted 01-07-2016 02:28 AM

Looks like a winner Bondo

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#4 posted 01-07-2016 03:05 AM

you is a one po buggah.

Too many clamps?

How can that be…..I’m perplexed…nary a pipe clamp to be seen…..


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#5 posted 01-07-2016 03:18 AM

Nice rack. Never too many clamps.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 01-07-2016 04:44 AM

Heaven is a place where there are enough clamps …

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#7 posted 01-07-2016 05:28 AM

Great job. It’s funny to see this because I just bought more clamps today. I’m convinced I will never have enough clamps

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#8 posted 01-07-2016 05:54 AM

agreed, no woodworker can ever have enough clamps, great job on building Norm’s version… he created some pretty amazing projects over his 20+ seasons of New Yankee Workshop…

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

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#9 posted 01-07-2016 06:01 AM

Hey, I used to have a pile just like that.

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#10 posted 01-07-2016 06:38 AM

Nice addition to any shop whether you have a few or very many.
Nice to be able to roll it where you need it.

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#11 posted 01-07-2016 11:28 AM

Very good.

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#12 posted 01-07-2016 11:36 AM

I have about a tenth the clamps you have so I just do one thing at a time and wish I had more. lol

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#13 posted 01-07-2016 01:24 PM

I feel your pain on the new shop setup. I recently moved to a new bigger shop and although more space is great (I am not complaining) it is like starting all over. I am so anxious to get bigger better projects done but I think i will need a few months of organizing (not woodworking) to get back to where I was in my old shop. I am also trying trying to avoid inefficiencies in my new shop but that requires a lot of planning and rethinking workflows, etc. By the way, great job on your clamp rack, I made one of those back in 2010. I decommissioned my rolling clamp rack because I had so little space and I choose poor casters making it difficult to move. I may have to reconsider this idea because now I have more floor space than wall space. Best of luck with your new shop.

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#14 posted 01-07-2016 01:58 PM

I just picked up 8 aluminum bar clamps for my workbench build. They are among the crappiest clamps I own but they seem to do the job they are needed for. I like your clamp rack. My collection needs to expand!

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#15 posted 01-07-2016 02:14 PM

When I see the second photo, I would say that you don’t have them too many.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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