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Project by BusterB posted 10-15-2013 01:26 AM 1622 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my favorite folks on LJ’s is a little Scottish fellow named Jamie Speirs…a while back Jamie offered me some advice to keep my eye on my hand planes because they tend to breed pretty fast. Seems he didnt tell me the whole ugly truth though. My little band of planes has grown pretty good but nowhere as fast as my clamps have. Just when I get one set squared away, I tend to find a great deal on some others and poof…new problems. A month ago, I had 2 -24” bar clamps. Went to an estate sell last week and picked up 6 more ranging from 24” to 36”. Along with that got three vintage hand planes, three 6” C-clamps, a 4’ aluminum level, a two handled Greenlee draw knife and a massive wooden handled wood rasp that could double as a billy club. $48 bucks out the door. A wise man would say thats enough for a while but was walking through a local hardware store and saw a bargain on some 16” Jorgenson clamps so bought 2 of them as well. So been looking at bar clamp racks on here and some of you guys have put a lot of craftsmanship into your designs. I needed something a tad bit simpler so came up with this. Slots are on 1” centers and are 1/4” wide and 3 1/2” deep. For some reason I must plan on adding 2 more 16” and 2 more 36” because I cut slots for them..lol

-- 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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hoss12992

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#1 posted 10-15-2013 01:32 AM

That is a really cool solution to a problem that many woodworkers have. I am of the opinion that there is no such thing as TOO MANY CLAMPS! I just wish mine would breed a wee bit faster. Good job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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#2 posted 10-15-2013 01:33 AM

Nice and functional

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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BusterB

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#3 posted 10-15-2013 01:33 AM

Thanks Hoss…it had the three things I like most it a project. it was simple, it was cheap and it works…lol
Stay Safe buddy

Thanks Monte…it wont win no prize pig contests but it works…lol

-- 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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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 10-15-2013 01:59 AM

Nice rack. Those clamps are multiplying like rabbits!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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BusterB

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#5 posted 10-15-2013 02:44 AM

Thanks Jim…they do tend to get out of hand…lol

-- 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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Tugboater78

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#6 posted 10-15-2013 03:40 AM

they breed like rabbits, back in july i had 5 clamps, neighbor sold me all his old clamps from his shop he was shutting down due to health reasons, now i have 20+. made some similar racks myself and need to make more!

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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Todd Barrone

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#7 posted 10-15-2013 06:11 AM

Wow that’s rally cool on the finds there. Now I really feel ashamed for my clamps. They don’t have a nice home like yours do. LOL Great job.

-- "The Cedar King" https://www.facebook.com/BarroneContracting

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Jamie Speirs

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#8 posted 10-15-2013 08:16 AM

Buster looks like you must have a doe amongst that bunch of bucks. :)
You got to watch the one in a corner, one minute they are on there
own and next time you look there will be another.
your getting them sorted out nicely. Looking good Buster.
We have a national woodworking show in Glasgow. not much to see worth
a look once every few years if that. Anyways one year we were up in Glasgow
for the day and Shirley suggest we pop in and see if I can get a deal on some
clamps. I love that woman. So I bought a dozen and she says “is that enough
youre always running out in glue up, so I left with two dozen. I was going to
take a family picture of them but, where to lay them out. :)

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Holt

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#9 posted 10-15-2013 11:55 AM

I make the same clamp racks. I add two “L” hooks to the back so I can attach it them to my wall of pegboard. One rack with two hooks hold 6 of my long Bessy K bodies with no complaints…

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BusterB

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#10 posted 10-15-2013 01:42 PM

Justin- Wow!! You have even better breeding stock than me…lol

Todd- I requested your advice on a rack idea and you left me high and dry…lol So I had to settle for merely mundane. Hummm a cedar rack with inlay and an attached horseshoe hat and coat coat hook….can picture it now buddy

Jamie- I give you full credit or blame for this one my friend…lol Now thats a keeper of a wife I am thinking…mine wouldnt have went to the show in the first place.

Holt- Thats a super idea with the pegboard hooks. Thinking 6 would be the limit per rack. I was surprised just how heavy a flock of these things are when they roost together. I am down to my last smidge of bare wall over the sink and have been considering putting some pegboard there. If these things keep multiplying may have to give your design a go.

-- 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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doubleDD

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#11 posted 10-15-2013 01:50 PM

Great work Buster, get ready to build some more. Looks like you had a case of the tool buying virus. It’s like a cold, it just doesn’t go away.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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CFrye

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#12 posted 10-15-2013 03:04 PM

Love it when the future inhabitants assist with the home building (pic #3)! Well done Buster & company! Thanks for sharing!

-- God bless, Candy

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#13 posted 10-15-2013 03:53 PM

nice rack there buster.great storage.
congrats on the nice tool score,i think thats the biggest rasp i’ve seen!!!
i know the feeling on clamps multipling same has happened to me,its on my list to do soon.i hope.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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luv2learn

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#14 posted 10-15-2013 03:56 PM

Looks like you are going to have a housing shortage pretty soon if you continue to collect all those clamp bunnies LOL!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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BusterB

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#15 posted 10-15-2013 04:00 PM

Dave- Thanks Buddy. I have to admit it is a weakness. Will buy stuff with no clear plan on what I would ever use it for…lol

Candy- Gotta make them buggers earn their keep…lol Thanks buddy

Marty- Need to decide is it a rasp or a prybar in disguise…lol Hope things are going well for you and the family buddy.

L2L- I am already there Lee….lol Wall space has become a premium. I had to go up with this one since there wasnt anything at eye level anymore…mumble mumble

-- 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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