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Project by Ken90712 posted 434 days ago 2287 views 13 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Like a lot of us on here space is an issue & you can never have Enough Clamps, LOL. I had made this clamp rack back in Dec 09. Sure doesn’t seem that long ago that I made this project. While it was very effective the spacing was a little too wide and not as efficient as I would have liked. Even with the extra beefy hinges there is a little sagging. One day I will rebuild this whole thing out of stronger wood like oak as pine was just what I happened to have extra at the time.

Rockler had these metal clamp racks on sale, I have looked at them before and thought they might be worth picking up. While I could make them out of wood, for roughly 12 bucks I figured I would give a cpl a try. I have to say there work great and the spacing is perfect. I have stored all my clamps on the rack after redoing 2 of the shelves with the metal brackets. I did have to make to small ones out of wood as my rack was wider than the brackets but no big deal.

You might want to ck them out.

The only problem is when I buy more clamps will have to change it up some. But that’s a good problem to have.
Thx for looking.

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





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ken_c

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#1 posted 434 days ago

looks great buddy – you should be able to eliminate all hinge sag if you use a piano hinge and maybe a cross brace on the frame to square those up too – if it really bother you…

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Ken90712

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#2 posted 434 days ago

Hey Ken, Yea when I redo the whole thing I’ll be doing that I just needed a quick fix for now and thought this might be worth it. Hope all is well back in Michigan.

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 434 days ago

COOL way to Rack’em!

I have often wondered how that would work…
... just don’t have that much wall space…

Right now, I just hang’em on rafters & upper plates… even on water pipes! LOL
... some of’em, I just stack on the floor (big Jorgy cab. mtr. clamps)...

You did a COOL job…

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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lew

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#4 posted 434 days ago

Nice!
I need to do something like this to get my clamps centrally located. Now they are located at different points in the shop- where ever there is room.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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BusterB

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#5 posted 434 days ago

Nice build ken…..someday when I become a real woodworker, I will have that many clamps and will have to duplicate that…..good job sir

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Nollie

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#6 posted 434 days ago

Very nice space saving rack you built there

-- Nollie Bay City , Tx .http://www.leoncustomfurniture.com

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woodbutcherbynight

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#7 posted 434 days ago

Well if you still have extra clamps I can send my address. (laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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wunderaa

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#8 posted 434 days ago

Clamp envy…

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Roger

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#9 posted 434 days ago

Nice rack Ken

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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joein10asee

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#10 posted 434 days ago

Hey, how’d you do that? In pic number 2 the rack DISSAPPEARED from the picture!
Yeah, I got a bit distracted by the pics on the door! :-)

Nice rack… nice butt too! :-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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ol104

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#11 posted 434 days ago

Looking into buying my first set of parallel clamps…i have it narrowed down to the IRWIN, Jorgensen or the Bessey. Looks like you have a few of each. Any favorites or preference of one brand over the other?
thanks!

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Grumpymike

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#12 posted 433 days ago

Hi Ken,
I built the Stumpy Nubbs version and it has served me well. I have 50 odd clamps on mine and now I need to re do it to have a place for the Bessy’s that I got for Christmas.
I will be using some of your Ideas.
Thanks for the post on this well built project.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it.

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Ken90712

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#13 posted 433 days ago

Thx everyone for the kind words. I think for us that have limited space this is a great solution. As for my favorites, I have to lean towards the Jets or Bessey’s personally. But they’re all great; the Irwin’s are a little different and funky to me how you open the jaws. But I tend to buy whatever heavy duty ones are on sale to keep the collection keep growing. If you look closely I even have a cpl Harbor freight cheapy’s (my word LOL ) when I was starting out a long time ago. There not very good other than holding things together lightly for dry assembly but hard to throw away. Good luck and thx again.

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

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TJ11

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#14 posted 433 days ago

A considerably copious collection of clamps classily constructed, composed, and compiled. Alliterative nonsense aside that is a really cool way to organize your clamps. Well done. P.S. the pics hanging on the back of your door compliment your rack nicely.

-- If I had more money, I'd have more tools

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