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bluekingfisher

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09-06-2012 11:28 AM

Hi Guys – I’m looking to clear up more space in my workbench drawers. One of the drawers currently holds my hand clamps. I was hoping to clear the drawer but looking for good ideas on small hand (6”) clamp rack to hang on a wall or ceiling.

Can anyone recommend a plan or point me in the right direction.

Thanks, David

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan


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Belg1960

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#1 posted 09-06-2012 12:26 PM

Dave, are you talking about handscrew clamps?

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#2 posted 09-06-2012 02:10 PM

Hi Pat, No I don’t have any of the handscrew clamps, mine are the spring clamp and ‘F’ clamp style but something as simple as what you have highlighted may be good enough.

Cheers

David

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#3 posted 09-06-2012 03:22 PM

rod is 1/2” conduit (I prefer that over wood dowels due to stiffness (and cost!). wood is 1×6. the vertical slats are due solely to my interior walls where I have to fir out to get over the ribbed steel. I brought the stretchers out so I could cut a 1/4” groove at the rear to hold the smaller clamps.

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#4 posted 09-06-2012 03:51 PM

Dave, like the last poster I use pieces of dowel or electrical conduit drilled into a piece of 1x spaced to fit the amount you have. This is a picture from wood magazine.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#5 posted 09-06-2012 06:20 PM

Belg wins! very nice! other than I know I don’t have enough clamps, perhaps you have too many? LOL

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#6 posted 09-06-2012 07:24 PM

I hung a 3/4” dowel and it holds everything easily enough. I drilled a hole in the end of a 7” piece of 2×4 and then ripped it in half. Ran a dowel through the holes and screwed em to the studs.

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Belg1960

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#7 posted 09-06-2012 07:29 PM

teejk, I admit I do have alot of clamps but the ones in the picture aren’t mine.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#8 posted 09-06-2012 07:30 PM

Part of my shop has the overhead joists exposed, I clamp a lot of my clamps there.

-- Chris K

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#9 posted 09-06-2012 08:28 PM

How about stringing a line or wire and just setting them over it. If the F clamps are nearly closed they won’t fall off. I do this occasionally. Keeps them handy and out of the way.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 09-06-2012 09:00 PM

topamax…your solution will work but not very pretty! I didn’t measure the dimensions on mine (built in my head as are 99.9% of the things I do as I design around scraps like a true German will).

I did run a dado on the back board to accept the stetchers (glued and screwed)...other than that, it is pretty simple in design and it allows for expansion. The 1/2” conduit I have is probably 24” long and works for what I have. I would not be worried about taking that to 60” if I needed to. The conduit is rigid and cheap (10’ section maybe $3???). The slices in the back receive a strip of 1/4” plywood that could be expanded as well. For what I hang on there, weight is not a problem.

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#11 posted 09-06-2012 09:52 PM

I just took some 3/4 pipe about 18” long and use a pipe flange and screwed it into the wall to hang mine. Easy and if they need to be moved elsewhere later it is quick to do so.

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#12 posted 09-06-2012 10:03 PM

I bought some already made hooks that are designed and sold for hanging ladders. I got them for a couple of dollars. They work great.

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#13 posted 09-06-2012 11:07 PM

This is how I do it. These are mounted to the underside of the stairs, but a similar shaped support could be used in the same way

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#14 posted 09-07-2012 12:50 AM

Maybe not pretty, but sure is handy ;-)) pull the line tight and they are up out of the way. A little slack and they are all right there where you need them.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 09-07-2012 07:24 AM

Teejk, Pat, Cplsteel, ChrisK, Bob, Gshepard, Grandpa, Tenontim – Thanks fellahs for taking the time to offer your ideas.

I was having a think about it overnight (as you do) I have limited walll space, due to existing and futre plans for the walls. However I have the side of my bench/outfeed table free and not gainfully employed. The gap between the side of the bench and the back of my tS is about 14”. In my world that is a lot. I had planned to hang my cross cut sled in there. It being underneath the bench and behind the saw I was going to install a couple of drawer slides, screw a sheet of ply to ithem so that it is now a kind of vertical drawer bottom, then hang/fix the cross cut sled to that. That way all I need to do is slide it in and out of the way when required.

While thinking about this I was wondering about using the back of the board that the sled will ride on. If I add a couple of 2×4 braces then mount the runners on those that should give me 4” or so from the side of the bench to the back of the sled drawer baase ( I hope I’m making sense of this)

The only other place to hang them is above my bench or TS, neither of which appeals to me. I have the feeling they are likely to fall off and clump me on the nut, or worse onto my TS.

I have about a dozen or so of this size clamp so I may be able to get them all on there. The ones I can’t find space for may have to find a new home

Thanks for the input fellahs, some great ideas there.

Cheers

David

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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