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Project by Paul posted 1475 days ago 3240 views 31 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Needing a place for clamps and not wanting to give up too much wall space I built this swinging rack.
The design I believe is by a guy named Suwat Phruksawan.
This rack makes sense. I have it hanging on a door and in that little space I can accommodate 33 clamps.
I changed one thing from the original design. The original had magnetic pulls to hold each layer closed. I opted to put a wood block on the back two sections which gives the next section a place to rest when in the closed position. This will transfer the weight back to the main frame evenly and not allow the sections to sag over time. It also provides enough friction to prohibit any section from swinging open on its own. The little supports for each clamp do need reinforcing blocks, I had two break on me already.
In a hurry to finish this last night I pushed through it, but if I had to do it again I would have routed the outside edge and maybe used some nicer woods for the supports. This rack will be around for ever.

Just added a photo of the hinges but someone below made a good suggestion about piano hinges which would be stronger.





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Diggerjacks

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#1 posted 1475 days ago

Good idea

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bigfish_95008

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#2 posted 1475 days ago

There is no photo of the hinge side – I am assuming piano hinge?? I have some metal clamp racks I am going to see if I can work them into this design. sketchup here I come.

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 1475 days ago

Nice work Paul a really neat design . If you have a good number of clamps a rack like this can be a big help.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Paul

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#4 posted 1475 days ago

I used regular three screw hinges.
two on each section.
three bucks a set at the home center

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#5 posted 1475 days ago

Very cool… great use of space! Never can have too many clamps, never….

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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Jonathan

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#6 posted 1475 days ago

Great design and your modification really makes sense. I like how compact it is.

I am going to need to build a clamp rack one of these days as my collection grows, so this will be one I’ll be looking at for inspiration.

Thanks for posting this as it’ll help me out down the road!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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PurpLev

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#7 posted 1475 days ago

very cool design, I like the efficiency and space saving of this one. what did you use for the hinges?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Paul

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#8 posted 1475 days ago

Photo of hinge side just posted above.

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PurpLev

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#9 posted 1475 days ago

Thanks! was curious to see which hinges were able to support all that weight.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#10 posted 1474 days ago

Great job!! Nice design. I need to build one now.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#11 posted 1469 days ago

Nice work, hey Bigfish how about posting your Sketchup file??

-- Tom

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bigfish_95008

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#12 posted 1469 days ago

I would be more than happy to share the grandiose- unfinished DWG, but I have never been able to figure out how to get a DWG moved out of sketchup and onto here.

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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Angela

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#13 posted 1312 days ago

Thanks for the post. I’ve been meaning to make one too. I was wondering if that was the only change you made. Did you add the small triangles or find another way to support the clamps.

If you would like to see the original website here’s the link. He has made several nice jigs and ideas.
http://woodworking.phruksawan.com/clampCabinet/

or you can see the rack at http://lumberjocks.com/topics/1442

Angela

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Paul

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#14 posted 1312 days ago

GPD,
you need to add the triangles because the fingers or slots holding up the clamps are not very strong with out additional support.

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Angela

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#15 posted 1308 days ago

Thanks so much. I couldn’t tell by your photos.
I added it to my favorites and I hope to have one like it soon.
Also I was wondering how tall and wide yours is.
Thanks so much for sharing with us
Angela

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