|Project by NickyP||posted 12-12-2013 11:55 PM||1067 views||4 times favorited||5 comments|
I’ve been getting bye with my cheap Harbor Freight clamps for my woodworking projects with pretty much no complaints but when Jet cut all of their clamp prices in half during black Friday weekend I decided to begin my “real” clamp collection. I had a very precious amount of wall space available in the shop and I now plan on filling it over the next few years during these blowout sale so I made a rack for the clamps.
I had about a 3’ X 8” piece of 3/4” hard maple in the shop and felt that a hard wood would be best to handle the weight of the clamps. I drilled 3/8” holes about 3” in across the length of the board and cut the 3/8” slots using a jigsaw with a space of 2 1/4”, squaring up the holes. I sanded the slots then ripped the board in half. I then countersunk the screw holes for 3 gussets I added as well as countersinking for the washers where I used 4 – 9/16” X 4” lag bolts so there will be no doubt on the clamps staying upright & on the wall after getting through the 3/4” board & the 5/8” drywall on into the wall studs. Pre-drilled my holes . . . screwed, glued, and clamped it up.
This rack holds 14 clamps & works really well as the clamps stay put and are easy to remove and return. I was able to get 8 clamps: 2 – 60”. 2 – 50” (back-ordered but arriving soon), and a kit with 2 – 40”, 2 – 24”, 4 – bench dogs, and 4 – framing blocks . . . all for just under $300. I’ll load up on 12” & 24” clamps, making another rack to go under these clamps when there’s another sale.
-- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."