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Project by need2boat posted 1276 days ago 2768 views 12 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My shop is elf size so space is an issue and as such I’ve been working on maximizing wall and ceiling space best I can. These ceiling racks are taken from Fine Woodworking 2008 workshop Solutions page 30. I don’t know the issue number off hand but if interested I can find it.

The only mod I made to the plans was to dado the bottom slightly as the newer, Bessey clamps have a plastic tab at the end that would not fit though the slot made by the dado. The newer style clamps request a bit more depth. I also predrilled pocket holes on the bottom edge; thinking I may want to something to the bottom. Although I haven’t really used them much I would say for the longer claps I don’t use much this is great. I’m not sure this would be great if you needed them all the time.

-- Second Chance Saw Works http://www.secondchancesawworks.com Blog: Positive Rake http://www.positiverake.com





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Skylark53

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#1 posted 1276 days ago

I just recently bought my first Bessey clamps and have not yet figured out the best way to store them in my shop. I’ve used them on a couple of projects and I’m pretty sure they will see lots of use-your system gets them out of the way, but appear sorta unhandy for me. Thanks for sharing the idea-its looks to be nicely done.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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need2boat

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#2 posted 1276 days ago

I would agree over head isn’t the first choice in strage but for long clamps that I don’t use every day it works well. I’ve always worked in small spaces so you get used to planing out your setup for glue ups.
If you’ve got the space my firstg choice would be a roller cart, second wall mounts and lastly ceiling. What ‘ve done is split my mounting at about 24”. Shorter on the wall and longer on the ceiling.

-- Second Chance Saw Works http://www.secondchancesawworks.com Blog: Positive Rake http://www.positiverake.com

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need2boat

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#3 posted 1276 days ago

I would agree over head isn’t the first choice in strage but for long clamps that I don’t use every day it works well. I’ve always worked in small spaces so you get used to planing out your setup for glue ups.
If you’ve got the space my firstg choice would be a roller cart, second wall mounts and lastly ceiling. What ‘ve done is split my mounting at about 24”. Shorter on the wall and longer on the ceiling.

-- Second Chance Saw Works http://www.secondchancesawworks.com Blog: Positive Rake http://www.positiverake.com

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jusfine

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#4 posted 1276 days ago

Skylark, if you look at my shop photos, you will see I have most of mine hanging vertically on square metal bar (salvaged from a store reno many years ago), and I put a piece of oak lower to keep them from swinging.

I still have some longer bar clamps (80” and 96”) that I cannot seem to find a place for, but your solution might work for me Joe. Thanks!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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need2boat

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#5 posted 1276 days ago

Wow justfine,

That’s some shop space! You sure don’t have the same issues I do. Looks great.

-- Second Chance Saw Works http://www.secondchancesawworks.com Blog: Positive Rake http://www.positiverake.com

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jusfine

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#6 posted 1276 days ago

Thanks Joe!

Space is not a problem, but with the inside of the barn roof sloped, it doesn’t give me much for vertical wall surface…

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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lanwater

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#7 posted 1276 days ago

Thanks for the idea.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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Knothead62

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#8 posted 1276 days ago

Great idea for stuff that is not used every day. I just might make one for my shop.

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Randolph Torres

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#9 posted 1275 days ago

good job its always a big challange in a small shop to keep things ship shape.

-- another tip from cooperedpatterns

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steliart

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#10 posted 1268 days ago

It’s true, that with good planning we can have an extra small shop overhanging the existing one.
Nice tip.

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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