Clamp Rack

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Project by DaveWatha posted 12-21-2011 09:41 PM 14075 views 42 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got tired of my clamps being scattered all over the garage and I got around to constructing this clamp rack. I should have done this a long time ago—it didn’t take too much time to build and it really helps keep everything organized. The 4×4 posts on each side run from the floor to the ceiling along a side wall in the garage and actually support some shelving above that I built previously; you can barely see the shelf at the top of the first photo. The top rung is simply a 2×3. The bottom rung is a 2×4 with a 5”-wide strip of 3/4” Baltic ply screwed onto the top of it. I used a dado blade to cut the slots on the Baltic ply strip. The cut slots are 2” long by 1/2” wide; the slots ended up being a bit wider than was necessary—a 3/8” width would have been fine for the clamps I have. I also found I needed to add a small block on the topside of the Baltic strip at each end where it meets the 4X4 (somewhat visible in photo 2) to keep the strip from flexing (rotating) with the weight of all the clamps on it.

A clamp rack is definitely a must-do type of project for any shop!

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#1 posted 12-21-2011 09:46 PM

I’m suffering clamp envy.

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#2 posted 12-21-2011 10:34 PM

Me too! It is torture just too look at the photos. Very nice job!

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#3 posted 12-21-2011 10:43 PM

I am with Scott… Ditto.

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

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#4 posted 12-21-2011 10:52 PM

Nice Rack !!! Mine Looked Similar till an Earthquake Shook them all off the Wall !!!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#5 posted 12-21-2011 10:55 PM


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#6 posted 12-21-2011 10:59 PM

Man…I know where to come when I need to borrow some clamps. Impressive!

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#7 posted 12-21-2011 11:19 PM

Nice rack!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#8 posted 12-22-2011 12:07 AM

Oh you just have too much time on your hands to build a rack like that….nice job

-- I cut it three times and it's still too short

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#9 posted 12-22-2011 12:23 AM

I join the first three comments…....

-- Eric, central Florida

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#10 posted 12-22-2011 12:36 AM


-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#11 posted 12-22-2011 01:11 AM

They say you can never have too many clamps, but you gotta be close! Awesome rack.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#12 posted 12-22-2011 01:57 AM

Nice rack!.... I need more clamps!

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

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#13 posted 12-22-2011 02:02 AM

Very handy rack every clamp in it’s place.

-- Custom furniture

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#14 posted 12-22-2011 02:29 AM

Are those Jet parallel clamps? If so how do you like them? I was going to get some Bessey parallel clamps, but noticed they don’t have a trigger. I much prefer a trigger slide mechanism for control. I have some big Jet F clamps without triggers, and they will occasionally slide down and slam into the floor.

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

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#15 posted 12-22-2011 03:06 AM

id call it clamp wall …

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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