Clamp till / storage rack, I'm looking for ideas.

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Forum topic by Emma Walker posted 01-13-2013 06:04 AM 8158 views 4 times favorited 48 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Emma Walker

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01-13-2013 06:04 AM

I thought about cutting an old wooden latter in half and screwing them together side by side and mounting it to the wall so I can hang clamps on the rungs.

What do you think or what do you do for hanging clamps?

Bonus Question: Is it okay to store spring clamps clamped onto something or will it destress the spring after time?

-- I'm a twisted 2x4 in a pile of straight lumber.

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#1 posted 01-13-2013 06:22 AM

It does help the clamps stay straight if the rack is angled slightly outward at the bottom unless you have a setup that uses grooves to keep them straight, wouldn’t take more then a 2×4 on the bottom to bring it out enough. Doesn’t matter so much with F clamps but seems to matter a little with beam and pipe clamps which have shorter, flat pads that can slip off. Mine is just an A frame with some cross pieces to rest the clamps on and the whole thing is on wheels. my understanding is that spring clamps can weaken so I glued a couple of thin strips to the side of my clamp rack that the spring clamp can sit over without actually clamping the wood.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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Emma Walker

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#2 posted 01-13-2013 06:54 AM

Could just run a wire between 2 eye screws and clamp over & through wire so the clamps aren’t clamping anything.

I just found this by googling “clamp rack” I like it! One of my big concerns is using up precious wall space. So this would be perfect.

and another

-- I'm a twisted 2x4 in a pile of straight lumber.

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#3 posted 01-13-2013 07:42 AM

Here is mine using extruded aluminum from eBay! and is shown in the photo below! It is easy to modify and/or expand as my collection grows!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 01-13-2013 09:40 AM

Start with what you have and expand as needed. Yes, I believe the springs would weaken in time.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 01-13-2013 12:48 PM

That second one is very similar to mine here: It holds a bunch, but, you can never have too many. Good luck with whatever you decide. I’ve got all my spring clamps on an old piece of ratchet strap. I had it hanging from the ceiling at one time.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#6 posted 01-13-2013 01:09 PM

I store my bar clamps in on stretchers over head

I also have a straight, single board clamp rack, for my “F” clamps mounted to the wall.
I use small pieces of wood screwed between the stair stringers for my spring clamps. This type of storage could be adapted to any type of rack.

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John's Woodshop

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#7 posted 01-13-2013 01:41 PM

I made this from some shop scraps. I keep my spring clamps in a drawer.

-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"

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#8 posted 01-13-2013 02:47 PM

Here’s mine. It’s a rolling stainless steel baker’s rack I picked up at BJ’s (like Sam’s Club) for $49…
It’s an old photo and the clamps have changed, but the fact that it rolls easily means I can pull the clamps over to where I’m using them. I thought it might be top heavy once I got it loaded, but it’s not.

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#9 posted 01-13-2013 03:18 PM

Several years ago I built a rack almost identical to this one and it works very well for me.
The one I built is almost 8 feet tall
I have horizontal “shelves” with holes in for my pipe clamps
It is very simple and inexpensive to build

-- Bert

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#10 posted 01-13-2013 03:35 PM

Emma, I have some of my clamps hanging on aluminum extruded bars on a wall in the middle of my shop, and the spring clamps on a steel rod as they are not used as much.

If clamped to a board or other they will lose strength and the spring will not be very strong at that point.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#11 posted 01-13-2013 04:30 PM

Don’t know if this makes sense for your shop or not. Cabinet is on casters. Pictures taken before clamp racks on 3 sides..

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#12 posted 01-13-2013 07:55 PM

I built mine based on a sketch I saw on Stumpy Nubs site (and I saw a similar hinged-door idea elsewhere). I used 3/4” ply instead of pine. Holds around 50 clamps, occupies 36” of wall space and is hung on a french cleat

-- Ric, Seattle Area, "Design thrice, measure twice, cut once... slap forehead, start over"

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Bill White

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#13 posted 01-13-2013 08:02 PM

I’m no engineer, but I’ve never heard of spring clamps being weakend by clipping to a rack. Mine will probably outlive me even though they are “sprung” when stored.
As I have always understood, springs store and return almost all energy input.


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#14 posted 01-13-2013 10:46 PM

I’m with Bill White on the spring clamps (I also am not an engineer). The springs in spring clamps are under tension even when they are not clamping anything. So the little bit of extra for clamping on something, should not make much of a differance.

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#15 posted 01-13-2013 11:59 PM

One of many of mine. I tend to put my clamps on any available 2×4 stud in my shop…one day when I insulate I will have to amend my ways.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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