Clamp Organizing in my Shop

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Project by tswoodwizard posted 01-23-2011 03:49 AM 14007 views 23 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Tool organization is everything in my shop. Having only 12W x 27L x 8.5H, I have to use every available inch of wall space to maximize accessability. To start with, I laid out every clamp that I have in my collection to get a good idea how they needed to be arranged.

Knowing that my bar clamps would take up most of the room, I started by making a row of protruding wooden hangers spaced evenly to accomidate the 3/4 inch pipes and then attached them with two three inch screws from the otherside of the wall in each hanger.

Picture number 3 shows two bracketed band clamps with wood cranks. Hard to hang so I made a wood platform to except the odd shape. The 2 black C-clamps occupy the same space. Just to the left of my walk-in door, I made a verticle rack out of wood slat’s and used pine crown molding as spreaders. The crown molding also serves as pigeon holes for my spring clamps. A Detail of this is shown best in picture 2.

Other Jorgensen C-type bar clamps are shown in the top part of the area and are hung with a similar hanger system to my other bar clamps; mounted in reverse shown in picture 6. My two jaw horses rest on the floor just below the bar clamps. The parallel glue up clamps on the top shelf are for edge to edge clamping. Small odd clamps can be added in available spaces as in picture 5, showing a 90 degree picture framing clamp.

-- Tim B. Sweely Elizabeth, Illinois, -------- My potential is limited only by my emagination.

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#1 posted 01-23-2011 03:52 AM

Nice clamp rack.

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#2 posted 01-23-2011 04:10 AM

One very nice clamp rack. O that I had mine organized like that

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#3 posted 01-23-2011 04:39 AM

Very nice setup.

How do you like the jawhorses? Are they pretty heavy duty? Worth the money?

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#4 posted 01-23-2011 04:41 AM

looks very very good indeed :-)

thankĀ“s forsharing

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#5 posted 01-23-2011 04:58 AM

The Jawhorses are awesome, I find myself grabbing those guys for all sorts of things. Thay are probably one of the most heavey-duty tools in my shop and at $189.99 ,well worth the money. You can also reverse the sliding jaw and get twice opening as normal.

-- Tim B. Sweely Elizabeth, Illinois, -------- My potential is limited only by my emagination.

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#6 posted 01-23-2011 05:51 AM

I have died and gone to clamp heaven!!

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#7 posted 01-23-2011 08:22 AM

nice rack, :p
i just made a bunch of holders for all my pipe clamps as well, came out well i should post it.

-- Ben L

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#8 posted 01-23-2011 08:56 AM

Thanks a lot. You just made me add another project to my shop to-do list! :)

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#9 posted 01-23-2011 03:37 PM

Very nice! I see you’re in Galena, Illinois- Home of U.S. Grant!

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#10 posted 01-23-2011 03:37 PM

Jed Clamp-it would be proud! Nice collection!.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#11 posted 01-23-2011 03:41 PM

What a great assemblage.

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#12 posted 01-23-2011 05:21 PM

You did a great job of packing them in there, yet still keeping them organized. I’ll have to keep this in mind. The use of the crown moulding for the spring clamps is a great idea.

-- 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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#13 posted 01-23-2011 07:56 PM

Hello Tim

A little place and a lot of clamps

I like it

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#14 posted 01-24-2011 11:50 AM

Man that’s a nice and clean setup you have there, but are you sure you have enough clamps. Just kidding, thanks for going through the trouble to post the pictures and the crown molding idea.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#15 posted 01-24-2011 12:43 PM

Now that is a clamp rack…. looks like you needed one. That’s a lot o-clamps but never enough.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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