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Project by Jeremy Greiner posted 03-27-2011 03:17 AM 2244 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m setting up my patio as a finishing area, mostly because I’ve been finishing the top of my shoe bench for a week and it looked like I would spend all weekend doing it. More about that in my blog post later though, since I’ve been able to close off a finishing area I got to do some woodworking today.

I’ve seen a lot of good clamp carts here on lumberjocks and I wanted to make one that fit me, not only the clamps I have but the ones that I will have in the future. Since I don’t know what those clamps would be, it was hard to come up with a design I liked.

Then I had the idea of using french cleats instead of mounting the clamps directly. This allows me to move the racks to anywhere on the cart and adjust space as needed. I drew it up in sketchup a few weeks ago and decided today was a good day to build it.

The design is pretty simple, 3 pieces of 2’ by 4’ plywood. I cut a dado down the middle (roughly) of 2 sheets then glued all 3 pieces together then made the bottom to fit. I screwed on the bottom and casters. I also added a few screws on the side joints for some extra strength.

The clamp rack is just an 11’’ by 12’’ piece of plywood that I cut in half at an angle (the steepest angle my taper jig could do). The sides won’t match eachother, but if you cut 2 squares you’ll have 2 matching pairs. Then I made the back to fit around the bar of the parallel clamp.

On the clamp rack picture you’ll notice a foot at the bottom under the cleat. My original design did not have this but when I put the rack on the cleat and loaded it with clamps there was considerable flex. Adding this foot fixes it.

I have a few more clamp holders and other item holders I want to add to the cart as well but for now I feel good calling it a day.

-jeremy

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Woodwrecker

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#1 posted 03-27-2011 03:21 AM

Great looking clamp rack Jeremy.
That’s going to help with organization.
Thanks for posting it.

-- Having fun...Eric

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MShort

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#2 posted 03-27-2011 03:23 AM

Nice Project. I need to tackle this a project one day. I like the cleat holders that you made. Thanks.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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Bob Kollman

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#3 posted 03-27-2011 08:21 AM

You gota good rack Mister, I wish I had your clamps!!!!

Nice set up, they’ll come in handy.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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steliart

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#4 posted 03-27-2011 04:19 PM

cool ideas

-- 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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