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Project by MayflowerDescendant posted 10-16-2010 10:02 AM 3215 views 9 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this mobile clamp cart to (primarily) store my Bessey K-Body clamps – 28 in total. The unit stands 8’ 6’’ tall. The base (which is 32-inches by 36-inches) is made up of two thicknesses of 3/4-inch birch ply, trimmed in oak, with 4-inch, lockable casters. The top (which is 18-inches by 36-inches) is 3/4-inch birch ply, trimmed in oak. The A-frame is essentially 2- by 3-inch stock. The horizontal slats (or rails) are 1- by 4-inch stock. Each rail is notched to hold the head of the clamp in position, preventing them from sliding side-to-side when moving the cart around. All surfaces have three coats of water-based, semi-gloss, exterior Varathane.

On one side of the unit there are: 6 – 12-inch, 6 – 24-inch and 4 – 40-inch K-Body clamps. On the other side, there are: 4 – 50-inch, 4 – 60-inch, and 4 – 82-inch K-Body clamps. Riding on the inside of the A-frame, in the storage containers are numerous (mostly) Bessey grip pliers, spring, strap, c-clamps and accessories.

I made a few extra slats / horizontal rails at the time of building so I can add / expand / extend the usefulness of the cart over time.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada





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Schwieb

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#1 posted 10-16-2010 01:06 PM

I appreciate nice fixtures and jigs in a shop. This is a very nice cart. I’d love to have those Bessy clamps.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 10-16-2010 01:21 PM

I am always short of clamps and what’s worse is that I’m short of room as well. I love to see a shop that has both and that is well organized. You did a good job.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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JBoss

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#3 posted 10-17-2010 01:58 AM

I know they say you can never have too any clamps, but i think you do. You should pass some my way. Right now my K-bodies are on a shelf (easy as I only have four), but in the future I am looking to make something like this as well.

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Dr. Jim Axelson

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#4 posted 10-17-2010 08:53 PM

Hi Glen,

I love your itty bitty clamp rack. Having seen it in “the flesh” I can say that it should be placed
in a living room space. Awesome is a faint word to describe your latest creation. Keep it up, buddy!!
Dr.Jim

-- Dr.Jim Axelson, Aldergrove, B.C.

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GaryL

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#5 posted 10-17-2010 09:31 PM

Can never have too many clamps. I’m over a hundred including K-bodies, pipe, f-style, screw, spring, quickgrip, custom,etc. and can still run short when I have a number of glue-ups at once. Especially curves.
Your rack is fantastic. Beng able to bring your clamps to your project is a great time saver. Nice job.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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Natedawg4081

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#6 posted 10-21-2010 04:31 AM

Love it. Can never have enough clamps

-- Nathan Corson

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dbhost

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#7 posted 01-06-2012 06:54 PM

That is a very nice clamp cart. I may need to borrow some ideas for mine…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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