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Project by SWM posted 857 days ago 5715 views 55 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a simple project that was long over due. Unlike most shops, I felt like I had wall space to spare, but very little floor space for a mobile clamp cart. I opted for maximum wall capacity with this little clamp rack project from Woodcraft magazine. The magazine plans called for 10” tall/deep components with 3/4” hardwood ply. I opted for 12” tall/deep with HD cabinet grade ply that I had already in the shop. Each section can safely hold 6 parallel clamps without so much as a whimper. Also, I added small piece of hardwood to bottom spacer so that the unit would have a slight incline and hopefullly prevent any clamps from working their way down on to my head below!

Details:
12” tall
42” wide
3/4 cabinet grade ply (about 1/2 full sheet for this 42” version)
Each vertical support sports a 1/4” dado
Gorilla glue and 1 1/4” screws for good measure
French cleat mount

Holds 36 parallel or pipe clamps (6 per level)

I included a picture of the router table because I have often wondering why in the world I built such a monster router table. It’s not that practical is it? Well, who needs practical when you accurately dado 12 successive joints on a 42” wide board within 3 minutes flat. No mess router jigs and no dust flying all over my shop.

-- Working on a retirement hobby, only 30 more years to practice!





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 857 days ago

Nice looking clamp rack a great idea.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Kevin May

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#2 posted 857 days ago

I Like. I will copy, soon.

-- Kevin May "Making wood useful and fun!" www.kevinmaywoodworks.com

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DaveTPilot

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#3 posted 857 days ago

Nice rack! (That never gets old…LOL) I like to display my clamps in a row across the wall because I think it looks cool and impressive but it takes up too much wall space and really…who am I impressing? LOL That is a great router table too. She’s a beauty.

-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette www.pilotwoodworks.com

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Gabe C.

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#4 posted 857 days ago

I am now suffering from clamp envy. Looks great!

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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SuburbanDon

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#5 posted 857 days ago

Good idea.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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ohwoodeye

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#6 posted 857 days ago

I too will be copying this idea. Right now I have them on hooks in peg board. They have fallen on my foot way too many times.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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Eagle1

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#7 posted 857 days ago

Great looking rack. I might have to try to see if I have some room for 1 in my shop that I’m redoing..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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MasterSergeant

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#8 posted 857 days ago

Bravo!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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lysdexic

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#9 posted 857 days ago

I am impressed at how much weight that will hold. How did you attach the opposing french cleat to the studs….lag screws?

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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Woodwrecker

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#10 posted 857 days ago

Really nice job.
That tales up a surprisingly small amount of space for the amount of clamps it’ll handle.
(I wish I had your clamp set too)

-- Having fun...Eric

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MikeB

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#11 posted 857 days ago

I saw the same article and built one for myself too, love it. I like that you used a cleat to attach to the wall.

-- MikeB, Aurora, Oregon

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Bigrock

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#12 posted 857 days ago

Hi:
That is what I have been looking for. It looks great, and the rack does’t take up much room. I also like your idea of setting the bottom of the rack out a 1/4”. Do you remember which issue of Woodcraft the Clamp rack was in?
Thank You for posting this great idea. It will sure help me in my small space.

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Vrtigo1

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#13 posted 857 days ago

Well done, I think a copy of this will be in my garage soon!

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fernandoindia

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#14 posted 857 days ago

Practical and tidy. I should make one also
Thanks for posting

-- Back home. Fernando

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Diggerjacks

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#15 posted 857 days ago

Hello SWM
A simple project ok and an effective project

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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