|Project by garbonsai||posted 04-24-2013 06:23 PM||3078 views||10 times favorited||10 comments|
This past weekend, I finally got around to sussing out how in the heck to store my growing cadre of pipe clamps (for those unaware, Harbor Freight carries an excellent 3/4” pipe clamp with base for $8.47 after 20% off coupon and tax, and you can get black pipe cut and threaded at Home Depot—the first two cuts/threads are free), parallel bar clamps (Menards had the Jorgensen’s on sale a few weeks back, and the two I bought are quickly becoming my favorite clamps), and the sleds and jigs I'd already built or plan on building soon.
After noodling around on Google (I tend to do that a lot), I came across episode 106 of The Wood Whisperer, wherein Marc shows off his French Cleat Storage System. If it’s good enough for him, well, I’m sure it’ll more than meet my meager needs. So, down to the shop I went, and after a trip out to the shed to snag the longer 3/4” plywood cut-offs I had left over from various other projects, I went to work. I guessed at the measurements, and once I’d gotten a few things cut, I realized I probably over-built the silly thing (I tend to do that a lot, too). Oh well. The only downside is I need larger scraps to make more hangers and pegs. No biggie.
Everything went together easily, and the results speak for themselves. I couldn’t be happier, and I’ve been floating on cloud nine now that my pipe clamps aren’t in a pile on the floor in the laundry room, waiting to stub a toe or trip someone in the dark. All in all, highly recommended as a way of storing things up and out of the way, especially if you have a tiny shop.
Thanks for looking!
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