|Project by LeeInAZ||posted 08-29-2011 03:14 AM||6742 views||37 times favorited||15 comments|
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