Do you store your parallel clamps open or closed?

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03-08-2011 03:57 PM

Topic tags/keywords: parallel clamp clamp rack

I was going to make a parallel clamp storage rack out of wood. When putting plans together I realized that the height of the rack might depend on whether or not I store my clamps opened or closed. Websites selling the metal racks for purchase always show the clamps on the rack in a closed position. However I see some benefit of storing clamps in an open position; as you would have to open them for use anyway. How do you guys store your clamps, open or closed?

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#1 posted 03-08-2011 05:57 PM

I think for the most part, mine hang on my home made racks in the closed position, but I have the luxury of a 12’ ceiling. See my shop photos for illustration.

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#2 posted 03-08-2011 06:36 PM

Greetings X,

I hang all my clamps with them closed…. just the habit I got into when I started collecting them years ago. Either way will work, and it’s mainly personal preference as to how you do it….no big deal. Check out my woodshop pictures on my home page, and you’ll see how I do it… can do it any way you want to…...All my racks are maple, and I made them myself….I wouldn’t have that storebought crap they call racks…too flimsy, and don’t hold enough to suit me… opinion only…... EDIT: If you hang the clamps with the handles facing “out”, they are easier to remove…...

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#3 posted 03-08-2011 07:08 PM

I have a real simple clamp rack. It consist of nothing more than a couple of 2×4s that are attached to the wall along an edge. Hence, they stick our from the wall 3.5”. I simply clamp my clamps to these 2×4s.

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#4 posted 03-08-2011 07:11 PM

I hang all of my clamps by the top jaw from a 2×4 that is supported by the ceiling joists and leave them with the handles facing out and fully opened. They are only a few inches from the wall which helps keep them from rocking off off of the 2×4 hanger.

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#5 posted 03-08-2011 07:24 PM

Thanks for all the responses. As my clamp collection will continue to grow, I think I’ll just put it together now because I’m bound to change it up anyway.

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#6 posted 03-08-2011 07:26 PM

I store them closed because I hook the handles over a piece of plywood spaced a couple of inches away from the wall. You have to make sure not to put them too close to the ceiling or you won’t be able to get them in.

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#7 posted 03-08-2011 08:23 PM

Mine fit open or closed on the rack (2×4 with dado’s). All of them are open :)

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