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Project by dbhost posted 03-05-2014 03:19 PM 1843 views 16 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I already blogged on this one both here on Lumberjocks, and http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com/2014/03/more-shop-updates-and-clamp-cart-is.html where I go into more detail about completing the build, and http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com/2014/03/making-good-on-deal-almsot-i-built.html where I go into detail about the build itself and give links to the Sketchup model I built and based this on.

The cart is made from reclaimed and ripped 2×4s, plywood cutoffs, and cast off castors from an old long ago torn down shop cabinet that was in the garage when I bought the house…. So expenses were minimal.

I have it loaded down with my clamp collection, and it actually rolls around pretty well, and considering how small the footprint is for how heavy and tall it is, it is actually remarkably stable…

The build was extra simple, just screwed together with ample screws, no glue except for the reinforcement block for the castors.

Hopefully I gave someone else some ideas on how to approach the clamp storage problem as well…

Thanks for looking!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com





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jerrells

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#1 posted 03-05-2014 03:32 PM

I question would be stability. If you use a lot of the clamps from one side does it become, somewhat, unstable or ready to tip over?

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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Jim Bertelson

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#2 posted 03-05-2014 03:59 PM

If in practice it is stable, then you are good to go. If isn’t, it would be easy enough to screw on a piece of plywood to attach the wheels to.

Good solution…..........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#3 posted 03-05-2014 04:11 PM

I moved it around with 1 side loaded at a time to test stability, it acutally seems good, and Jim Bertelson is right, if stability becomes an issue, I can simply screw on a wider base and moving the castors outboard,

One thing that would go a LONG way to reducing problem potential is getting the pipe clamps off of it, but that sort of defeats the purpose…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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KelvinGrove

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#4 posted 03-05-2014 04:35 PM

I love it. I see one in my future and will take Jim’s advice to widen the base slightly. I use a lot of corner clamps. Have you thought about adding drawers near the bottom for something like that?

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. Don't cry because it's over, smile....because for 7 glorious miles, everyone thought you were the real bus driver!

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dbhost

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#5 posted 03-05-2014 04:45 PM

KelvinGrove,

I need the depth for the pipe clamps, so no, drawers weren’t in the plan, however I have my corner clamps attached directly to the uprights. I have 5 Jorgensons on one side, 3 Harbor Freight pieces of junk that need to go on the left. I have space to have a half dozen on each upright, so we are talking a total of 24 corner clamps if you wish… The Sketchup design that I varied from has a pocket of sorts in the base to restrain the pipe clamps and items could be stored on the base segregated from the pipe clamps. The top shelf could hold more too…

I am 1 shy of my total goal of 4 band clamps, and 7 shy of my total goal of 12 corner clamps… I have the capacity here.

The HF 12” quick clamp clones are probably going to go away in favor of real Quick Clamps. Probably 24” models… I seem to use 6 and 24” clamps the most…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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dbhost

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#6 posted 03-05-2014 06:09 PM

I should mention something Jim brought up before. The base can be widened up to roughly the same width as the outer edges of the clamps, so figure 2” on each side, so the total floor space used is 20×20. That would be a markedly sizable increase in footprint from the 16×16 current setup, and equivalent to my drill press which is rock solid.

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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ChurchClown

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#7 posted 03-05-2014 09:48 PM

I miss read and thought it said “Clamp Art”. LOL
Great idea.

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Roger

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#8 posted 03-05-2014 10:34 PM

Like I said, this type of clamp storage is about the best, in my opinion.

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

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OhValleyWoodandWool

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#9 posted 03-05-2014 10:53 PM

Very nice. I think I’ll build one of these vs a fixed clamp rack

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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MarkTheFiddler

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#10 posted 03-05-2014 11:00 PM

LOVE it – thank you for the design.

Do you have any issues taking the Bar clamps out of the center? I wonder if they bump the ceiling. I think I’ll use your design but I may need an alternate solution for the bar clamps.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Jim Bertelson

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#11 posted 03-05-2014 11:30 PM

And I forgot to say, that this will be on my list in both of my shops, perhaps sooner in La Conner where nearly everything has to be mobile. There are other designs for mobile clamp carts on LJ’s, as I recall, but this has the footprint I would be interested in. I remember seeing rolling tool carts that included more than clamps, but they were too big for my shops.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#12 posted 03-06-2014 02:09 AM

The pipe clamps are exceedingly long. I have to remove them at a fairly radical angle to avoid smacking the ceiling, or shop lights. I lift them enough to clear the slides of the base, then I tilt the bottom literally between the clamps hanging on the sides and pull up at an angle… I can make a video of the process if that doesn’t make sense…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#13 posted 03-06-2014 04:51 AM

Before you mentioned it, I was thinking about that problem. I don’t tend to make big projects. But my thought, was to have a groove or window on one side that went about half way down, with a removable piece that fits in via a dado or dovetail. The removable piece would be only structural. But otherwise, you could just have a groove that was reinforced. Or mount the big clamps on the outside in the first place…........that would be the best solution.

It is an old problem, trying to make disparate items fit a relatively simple and defined item.

..............and that describes a lot of life’s problems…..........

So, you have choices. I will watch what you do…........so you can make my mistakes for me….........(-:

Seriously, trying to place clamps in a mobile piece with a defined footprint is difficult. This is a first class addition to LJ lore….....keep it up till it is right…..........that’s my 2 cents…............

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#14 posted 03-06-2014 05:29 AM

I have used the pipe clamps twice… I doubt I will need to remove them often.

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#15 posted 03-06-2014 04:18 PM

If you are using the pipe clamps infrequently, then they are just adding weight to the cart and may make it more stable if they are in the middle. If you don’t store them in the cart, then they will take up wall space…......so putting up with a tricky lift out is probably not much of a problem.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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