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08-21-2015 01:43 AM

Topic tags/keywords: clamp rack

I’ve been exploring clamp rack designs. I’m sure you’re all familiar with the standard bracket/shelf with dados cut along the length that the bars slip into. I came across one idea that seemed so much more simple (to build) and should work just as well as the standard design you see so much.

I’m interested in your opinions of it. Why isn’t this design just as popular, am I missing something?


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#1 posted 08-21-2015 01:45 AM

My guess is because you have to clamp them every time you want to hang them up. Otherwise they tend to fall off. So, clamping and unclamping are extra unnecessary steps.

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#2 posted 08-21-2015 02:34 AM

That would be a pain, but I don’t think they are clamped tight. I think they just catch on the wood bar. For that matter, the F style ones could be turned around with the handle hooked over the wood bar. No way they’d fall off then.
FWIW, Here’s a closer pic of how the pipe clamps are held on. They are a little different than the F style.

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#3 posted 08-21-2015 05:12 AM

Get two 2×4s. Put the one for the pipe clamp heads flat along the wall at the desired height.. Measure down to the shortest length clamp you have, and affix the other 2×4 on edge to the wall. The top will protrude at 1 1/2” providing a solid support for the top pads, and the bottom will protrude 3 1/2 causing the weight of the clamp to have a lot of pressure at the top and be secure, yet when you need one or a bunch, just grab them and do what you needed it or them for. Gravity keeps them in. It’s a lot less work than what is shown and is sturdier…..... Jerry (in Tucson)

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#4 posted 08-21-2015 06:47 AM

I like your design for the clamp holders. With the french cleat you can move them just about anywhere along the wall. My quess is that some do not have the wall space to make it work.

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#5 posted 08-21-2015 03:38 PM

That looks like a good design. You could also store other things besides clamps with that system.

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#6 posted 08-21-2015 04:54 PM

I’ve only thought of one disadvantage to that design. The bar or rail on the f style version could sag if you made the rack too wide. It’s an easy fix, just don’t make it very wide for heavy clamps. Other than that, I just can’t figure why this design isn’t used more often.

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#7 posted 08-21-2015 05:56 PM

Man o man, if only I had some wall space! :-(

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#8 posted 08-21-2015 06:45 PM

Lol, I have the opposite problem. What I’d really like is a mobile clamp rack but I don’t have enough floor space.

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#9 posted 08-21-2015 10:04 PM

Here is what I did for my clamps

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#10 posted 08-21-2015 10:10 PM

Thanks fpr sharing. That’s the typical style I’m talking about. I know it works, just seems like so much extra work. Not that I mind spending time on it, I just don’t want to waste it when I could move on to other things. The TV is a nice touch.


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#11 posted 08-22-2015 01:49 AM

as long as :
1. its secure and clamps can’t easily fall off
2. it’s quick and easy to get and store clamps

I would say it’s a good option.

while I like the ‘look’ of a wall of clamps, I personally can’t justify the investment of all that wall space for clamps alone and have things setup a bit differently:

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#12 posted 08-22-2015 02:12 AM

I agree. I’m considering that option too. That design also works and is much simpler.

I appreciate everyone’s input.

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#13 posted 08-22-2015 09:07 PM

Well, here’s what I ended up doing for f style and quick grips. The pic is just an axample of the various hanging methods that work. I think I’ll do the traditional design for my large parallel clamps. This design would hold them too, but seems like they’re worthy of something a little more refined. Sorry about the rotation.

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#14 posted 08-23-2015 12:17 AM

Mine is a similar idea. I made two plywood brackets which hold a piece of pipe about 3” from the wall. I hook my Bessey clamp handles over the pipe. I also have a few c clamps and quick grip clamps which I clamp around the pipe. This is a pain for the c clamps, but it works well for the others.

But, I’m reorganizing and would like to save the wall space, so I’m trying to come up with a design that will fit inside the base on my assembly table.

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#15 posted 08-23-2015 01:19 AM

Good point. A pipe, closet rod, anything like that would also work. 3” is what seemed to work best for me too. I have a bunch of wood closet rod that I almost used. With a flat surface you can get clamps to hang plumb, but not a big deal.

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