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Project by Matt in Franklin posted 03-31-2014 01:15 AM 2996 views 6 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I call it my franken-clamp-rack!

This beauty was built using scrap wood in the shop. It has 23/32” pine plywood on the back, the supports on the side are 3/4” birch plywood and the top and bottom shelves are 2×6 SPF lumber.

A masterpiece built in an hour and a half and serves a very useful purpose as I was tired of piling my pipe clamps up in the corner of the shop.

I built capacity for more pipe clamps, but the extra space is good for my other clamps for now.

Comments welcome, especially if you are mesmerized by the intricacy and complexity of this piece of shop furniture ;-)

-- I'm just a simple caveman





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DIYaholic

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#1 posted 03-31-2014 02:30 AM

No plans…
You must be a savant!!!

Nothing like a little “down & dirty” shop organizationalizing!!! ;^)

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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Matt in Franklin

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#2 posted 03-31-2014 02:31 AM

Oh, forgot to mention…. I used screws. No “fancy-mans” joinery for my project. You can have your half-blind dove tails and your locking rabbets :-p

-- I'm just a simple caveman

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#3 posted 03-31-2014 02:34 AM

Randy, the only brilliant thing about it is that I didnt check to see if I had enough pieces at the correct length before I began. Luckily I did :-)

I built it piece-by-piece as I picked through my scrap cut-off bins.

-- I'm just a simple caveman

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#4 posted 03-31-2014 02:34 AM

That’s…that’s phenomenal! It must be incredibly difficult to keep a vision of something that complex in your head, then bring it to fruition like that. I now realize how far I have to go in my journey. My hat’s off to you.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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Matt in Franklin

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#5 posted 03-31-2014 02:39 AM

It was tough. It just sort of came out of my head. Very organic.

Someday I’ll have to write a book on my style of design.

-- I'm just a simple caveman

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dawsonbob

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#6 posted 03-31-2014 02:42 AM

I’m in awe. Simply in awe. A new school of design is born — The Matt School. Can’t wait to read the book that unlocks the complex mysteries of the Matt Method.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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Matt in Franklin

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#7 posted 03-31-2014 02:42 AM

By the way…. the 2×4 that you see nailed (yes I said nailed) to the wall of my shop is not part of the design, but I think it does add to the overall shabby-woodshop theme.

-- I'm just a simple caveman

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BobWemm

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#8 posted 03-31-2014 02:44 AM

I agree with dawsonbob, an absolutely intricate stunning design, executed to perfection.

Puts my clamp holder to shame.

Thanks for showing,
Bob.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better.

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Matt in Franklin

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#9 posted 03-31-2014 02:46 AM

The book will be titled “My Way: A man, some scrap plywood, a box of screws, and nothing better to do on a Sunday afternoon”

-- I'm just a simple caveman

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dawsonbob

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#10 posted 03-31-2014 02:47 AM

Yes, yes, I can see it now. The nailing does add a certain je ne sais quoi to the project. Brilliance, shear brilliance. Who would have ever thought of using nails? Yet, yet…

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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Robsshop

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#11 posted 03-31-2014 02:47 AM

It is always a good feeling to organize our highly regarded clamp collections! I built one somewhat similar to Yours,minus the top. Although I have not experienced any problems with our choice in design I do worry about the potential of the notch outs cracking or breaking due to grain direction of the 2x material weakened by the cut out ! Just a friendly heads up but most likely will stand the test of time and will serve You well ! Nice work.

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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Matt in Franklin

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#12 posted 03-31-2014 02:50 AM

Bob, my designs are so brilliant that they have features that I didnt bother to even design into the plan. They just happened. For instance, I did not plan for my bar clamps to fit so nicely on the unused portion of the rack.

When you are on your game, your designs have designs of their own! I cant explain it. It just works.

-- I'm just a simple caveman

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#13 posted 03-31-2014 02:51 AM

And the shelf above for storing cans! Well, what can we say about that. You must be exhausted, Matt.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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#14 posted 03-31-2014 02:56 AM

Rob, that does worry me as well. I will be careful pulling the clamps on and off since a pipe clamp is nothing more than a huge lever. It wouldn’t take much side to side motion to crack one of those fingers.

-- I'm just a simple caveman

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#15 posted 03-31-2014 02:57 AM

Bob, all I am missing is a neon beer sign flashing above it, and it would reach the pinnacle of perfection!

-- I'm just a simple caveman

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