|Project by Jeremy Greiner||posted 03-27-2011 03:17 AM||2846 views||4 times favorited||5 comments|
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.
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