Norm Abram Rolling Clamp Rack

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Project by thedude50 posted 01-15-2013 06:40 PM 10859 views 16 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Norm Abram Rolling Clamp Rack. This unit was built exactly to the specs in the plans. I figured norm and I have lots of the came clamps and this worked out really well. I plan on building a second rack at a later date once this one is full. I used Chinese Birch Plywood in this project I do not recommend this wood, in fact avoid this junk at all costs. I had to re glue several splits in the lamination this stuff is junk wood. The construction is fairly straight forward you cut a piece 24×28 for the base and then from a second sheet. You rip 8 strips of 4 inch plywood and one of 3 inches this makes up all the braces and cross members. each angle is 85 degrees so set the saw to 5 degrees and make your cuts. this is not a positive stop so adjust it to match a line drawn on the piece of wood to make sure its right. The long legs of the sides have a bevel on each end then the basic unit is ready for construction the 2 sides of the A frames are also cut at 5 degrees on the saw so it makes a trapezoid. then you make pocket holes in the rails and screw them to the styles this part i glued as well. You also need to make a proper size dado in the base for each leg this is not 3/4 of an inch the plans tell you how far in to make the dadoes. It is not difficult with a stacked dado or a router and a straight edge which is how I did it on this one. Then I use 1 5/8 inch screws and glue to secure the a frames to the base. Then I followed the plans for the rung placement this was easy as well. I screwed and glued the rungs in place then when finished I mounted the casters with the prescribed no10 3/4 inch screws. This project took most of one shop day to complete but i did have all the lamination problems with the plywood which ate up a good deal of time. I know you can do this project it is great to have all the clamps wherever I need them. i just roll the stand to that part of the shop and all is well.

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#1 posted 01-15-2013 06:51 PM

Looks good. It is compact yet it holds a lot. I need to make one of these some day.

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#2 posted 01-15-2013 07:20 PM

You make Norm proud Lance.

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#3 posted 01-15-2013 07:35 PM

well that’s a handy idea.

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#4 posted 01-15-2013 07:56 PM

Neat idea

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#5 posted 01-15-2013 07:57 PM

Nice one, Lance.

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#6 posted 01-15-2013 08:11 PM

Nice clamp rack. You can always trust anything built by norm. I have completed several of his projects and have always been happy.
Well done.

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#7 posted 01-15-2013 08:20 PM

... and you have room for MORE!

Very good… COOL…

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#8 posted 01-15-2013 08:25 PM

thanks you guys It really is a simple and fun project to build

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#9 posted 01-15-2013 10:04 PM

Your rack truned out well! Something I should build also! Nice Work!

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#10 posted 01-15-2013 11:14 PM

Dude! It looks good, and anything Norm, ya know, genuflect,genuflect,genuflect… ;)

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#11 posted 01-16-2013 12:22 AM

Nicely done—a project for the shop.

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#12 posted 01-16-2013 01:09 AM

NICE! Do you have the plans for this?


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#13 posted 01-16-2013 03:29 AM

Looks good keep up the good woodwork.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#14 posted 01-16-2013 02:53 PM

Very useful! That’s a great plan, and economically saves space. Nicely done!


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#15 posted 01-16-2013 03:48 PM

Nice job on the rack, it looks awesome!

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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