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Utilitarian Parallel Clamp Rack

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Project by Holbs posted 04-24-2016 09:54 PM 1869 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With recent additions to my shop, it was time to evolve some organization as real estate is becoming scarce. Time to move what I can from the floor to the wall. You’ve seen these parallel clamp racks here on LJ’s and across the internet, but I’ve never seen one that holds 8 of the same size in a slot. Is it possible with the weight? Only one way to find out, though I am short 4 clamps in the 32” size which I’ll be collecting at the next Jet Christmas sale. I cut in 1/4” deep dado’s but made the width 1/16” thinner than the plywood. Sand down the braces to make a super snug perfect fit. Heavy amount of clamping & glue with some screw support from the back side. I would actually be curious to weigh this when fully utilized. I have a combination of Jorgensen Cabinet masters, Bessy’s, and Jet.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter





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Roger

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#1 posted 04-25-2016 12:04 PM

Nicely stored clamp rack. Nice collection. Xmas is the best time usually to stock up on these babies.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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ugoboy

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#2 posted 04-25-2016 01:01 PM

Well your posting has perfect timing. I am trying to organize my shop and I was trying to figure a good way to store my clamps. Hope you don’t mine me stealing your idea!!

-- ~ Guy Woodward, Pflugerville Texas

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Holbs

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#3 posted 04-25-2016 01:25 PM

Guy..this is not my idea by a long shot. Much better looking ones here on LJ’s.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 04-25-2016 02:13 PM

It’s a nice addition to your shop. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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pintodeluxe

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#5 posted 04-25-2016 03:39 PM

This is a nice way to store clamps. It saves more wall space compared to traditional metal clamp hangers. Nice work.

Now for the important question… which clamps do you prefer… the Jet, Bessey, or Jorgy’s?

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Holbs

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#6 posted 04-25-2016 11:56 PM

My favorite parallel clamps are the ones on sale :) Jet would get the winner due to their usual 50% Black Friday. I picked up the Bessey’s from Amazon during a great sale. And the Jorgy’s I picked up cheap at an auction.
For functionality, I prefer the used Jorgy’s though I only have them in the 48” lengths at 10lbs each. The jaw slides like butter without slipping. The Jet’s are stiff to move, maybe because they are brand new and the jaw heads are smaller.
All in all, I wish I had 8 of each size in the Jorgy’s cabinet masters.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter

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#7 posted 04-26-2016 01:05 AM

I didn’t know that clamps have a religion … when I first read the title I saw ”Unitarian”!
Yup, those clamps are heavy and when you have that many it adds up quick.
I noticed the bigger ones had deeper support.

That’s a nice rack, I wish I had that many parallel clamps.

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JoeinGa

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#8 posted 04-26-2016 04:04 PM

Now THAT is a mighty fine set of clamps … even if you DONT have enough. Because you NEVER have enough clamps ! :-)

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