Building the shop - Clamp Storage

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Project by LeeInAZ posted 08-29-2011 03:14 AM 6221 views 36 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

They say that you can never have too many clamps. That may be true, but you can have more clamps than you have room to store. I was in that situation. Most shops that I have seen with a good selection of clamps stored them across on a wall. That would be great, but my shop is about 3/4 of a 2 car garage, with 1 wall taken up by the garage door, and half of 2 others taken up by non-shop stuff, so wall space is at a real premium. I came up with this cabinet for storage. It was made from whatever pieces I had laying around, so it isn’t a very attractive piece, but it is quite functional. The overall cabinet is 4’ wide by 6.5’ tall. On the right side, I have purpose-built hangers for my Jet parallel clamps, each hanger holds four clamps – four each of 60”, 50”, 40” and eight each 24” and 12”. The right side and the entire back piece is lined with french cleats on which I have hung different hangers for various clamps. I think I have close to 200 clamps total stored in this cabinet.

The backs were just 3/4” construction grade plywood. The sides of the back are 8/4 poplar with 4/4 red oak and poplar for the ‘door’ pieces. I used heavy duty door hinges to fasten the doors on.

-- Lee - Phoenix, AZ

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#1 posted 08-29-2011 04:56 AM

looks good, I need something similar in my shop, not to many clamps yet, but I try to pick up a few every time I head to the store.

-- "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein

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#2 posted 08-29-2011 04:58 AM

Nice collection of clamps.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#3 posted 08-29-2011 05:06 AM

I love those Jet parallel clamps. Also, of all of the countless clamp storage ideas that I have seen, this is my favorite. It’s compact and very strong and neat. Good job.

-- Paul, Clinton, NC

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#4 posted 08-29-2011 05:15 AM

Great stacked system. I like the efficiency of reaching for a clamp in the same spot you grabbed the last one.

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Tom Goodman

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#5 posted 08-29-2011 09:27 AM

One of the best clamp storage that I have seen. Nice work.

-- - " If you want square work, You don't cut corners. " - -- Tom Goodman, Santa Maria, CA.

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#6 posted 08-29-2011 12:27 PM

thats one heck of a clamp collection….and stored very nicely

-- "...if america is any indication, i was born into one great big vacation...." RMB

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#7 posted 08-29-2011 02:52 PM

Well thought out, and nicely done

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#8 posted 08-29-2011 10:41 PM

Wow! That looks nice and a real space saver. I officially need more clamps!

-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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#9 posted 08-30-2011 11:01 AM

I like it great idea, I have filled my clamp rack that I made a while ago on here. Might have to consider your design. Thx for the post.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 08-30-2011 06:43 PM

That’s one of the most efficient storage I have seen. It does look like you are filled to the brim so if you need more space, feel free to send those Jets to me at ….

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#11 posted 08-31-2011 03:50 AM

I like that a lot. Excellent organization.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#12 posted 08-31-2011 04:02 AM

That is one of the best clamp racks I have seen. Excellent use of space.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Jacquelyn Smith

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#13 posted 10-14-2011 02:21 AM

Thanks for posting these! Nice job, good ideas. I’m working on organizing my new shop and trying to decide how to store my clamps. I have a lot of F clamps including some rather large ones, and pipe clams with Pony heads. In my last shop I stored the Pony’s on the wall in U shaped shelf racks and that worked great. The F clams resided in a bay of open drywall – hooked on a fire-blocking stud. Anyhow, I particularly like how you tried more than one solution for storing the F clamps. Guess I better get working on it!


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#14 posted 03-10-2012 03:36 PM

Nice clamp rack!

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#15 posted 03-19-2012 04:23 PM

That is really nice. Nice clamp collection also.

-- Kevin, South Carolina

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