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Project by Luis M posted 12-12-2017 02:18 PM 1885 views 11 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I completed this project December 2017.

I have been very dissatisfied with the way I store my clamps for a while now. I searched for a better way to store them, but never found anything I liked until a saw a clamp rack video by Brad Rodriguez from Fix This Build That (https://youtu.be/gcuvGe7Ghzw). Brad’s clamp rack design was exactly what I wanted, small foot print and capable of storing a lot of clamps. I was determined to build the project with materials I had on hand, so I used some left over ½” thick Baltic birch plywood. I didn’t have enough plywood for the sides and top so I had to use the lumber I had on hand. For the sides I used some air dried Elm and for the top I used air dried Ash. The boards were barely long enough, so I couldn’t cut of the cracked ends. Instead I filled the cracks with epoxy and added cherry bow-ties. The sides and top are simply rabbeted together and pined with ash dowels. Overall it was a simple build and I’m glad to free up space on my walls for a future Drill charging station.

-- Luis





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cmmyakman

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#1 posted 12-12-2017 02:34 PM

Very nice and innovative idea/build to the original design. You improved upon the “Fix This Build That” design by allowing clamps to reside underneath the standard design. Your use of lumber for the exterior, while it may have been done because you ran out of plywood, really makes the final project a thing of beauty, particularly with the butterflies.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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Luis M

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#2 posted 12-12-2017 03:16 PM

cmmyakman, “allowing clamps to reside underneath the standard design” was a rare moment of inspiration. It doesn’t happen very often.

-- Luis

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Bill_Steele

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#3 posted 12-12-2017 04:49 PM

Nice job on this clamp rack. I like how you used the space under the clamps to store the smaller clamps—great use of the space. I too was interested in coming up with a compact design where I could store many clamps. Here’s my solution:

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Luis M

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#4 posted 12-12-2017 07:41 PM

Bill_Steel, I like how simple and easy to build your clamp rack is.

-- Luis

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 12-12-2017 07:55 PM

This is a great clamp rack and will be a fine addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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drewpy

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#6 posted 12-13-2017 03:11 AM

Great clamp rack. I wish mine were that organized.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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AlmostRetired

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#7 posted 12-13-2017 07:29 AM

Great rack!!!!!

I had to build one myself to help with the space in the shop. Happy that I got it done as I now have room to move around without moving them from horizontal surface to horizontal surface.

Roger

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AJ1104

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#8 posted 12-13-2017 01:00 PM

Great solution, not to mention the really nice Elm/Ash shelf that gives you storage to some dead space. This is going on my build list! Fantastic job!

-- AJ

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fixthisbuildthat

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#9 posted 12-16-2017 08:38 PM

Adding clamps in the dead space under the clamp heads is brilliant! Great job

Brad

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