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Forum topic by DonFaulk0517 posted 05-13-2009 01:48 AM 6620 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-13-2009 01:48 AM

Topic tags/keywords: clamp clamp rack question

I need to either build of buy a mobile clamp rack… need more wall space! Looking at all the plans, I estimate the cost to be close to the cost of the Rockler Pack Rack™ Clamp & Tool Storage System. I have seen excellent reviews of the Rockler Clamp Cart… but I’d like to know what the Lumberjocks think… To Build or To Buy?


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#1 posted 05-13-2009 01:59 AM

Isn,t it more fun to build your own? Why give your money to the chinese ( assuming it,s chinese, it may not be of course) at least if you build it yourself you get what you want and can always modify it later. I just think shop built looks better, it,s more personel. Just my thoughts.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#2 posted 05-13-2009 02:00 AM

It depends were you want them mobile on the floor or wall hung

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#3 posted 05-13-2009 02:03 AM

Build. It get what you want that way.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#4 posted 05-13-2009 01:55 PM

I made one from the New Yankee site and love it. I changed the spacing to fit the clamps that I had. I will post a picture. I made it from solid cherry as I had a bunch from an auction.

-- Hope Never fails

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#5 posted 05-13-2009 02:08 PM

Build it. You get more satisfaction and you can customize it.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#6 posted 05-13-2009 02:52 PM

Half of the fun is customizing it to your needs, and the other half of the fun is building it.

Where’s the fun in buying one off the shelf? :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 05-13-2009 03:03 PM

IMHO build your own, be proud of your work and keep the money close to home. This link is to some ideas:

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#8 posted 05-13-2009 03:06 PM

when you build it you can customize it to your exact needs and ideas… another thing is – usually for jigs and fixtures and stuff like that – there are plenty of scrap pieces in the shop to use- so material cost is reduced drastically (in some cases can go down to $0 out of pocket)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#9 posted 05-13-2009 03:47 PM

Another option along the build it yourself thought would be to build it into other shop furniture. I’m not sure where I saw it, but I remember seeing one that was attached to a mobile dust collector. Made a lot of sense to me at the time.

-- He said wood...

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#10 posted 05-13-2009 07:07 PM

Like Barry suggested I built my own out of 2x and scrap plywood. The most expensive item was the casters and it still was cheaper than that rockler clamp rack. I will try and post some pics for you when I get home…really simple..built it in one afternoon.


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#11 posted 05-13-2009 07:47 PM

I’m about to build a mobile lumber rack. One side for sheets, one for “loose”. I plan a clamp rack in the space in the middle. You can find plans everywhere online.

-- Larry , Colorado

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#12 posted 05-13-2009 07:58 PM

Here’s one I built. All it costs is one sheet of plywood for 4 wheels.

The basic frame will allow you to customize it to accommodate your clamp selection.

You can think of it as a blank slate.

Click for details

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#13 posted 05-13-2009 08:21 PM

I think you should just hang your clamps in my shop…solve two problems at once !

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#14 posted 05-14-2009 02:14 AM

Since space is always an issue for me, I have a good sized basement, I just got too much stuff, I had to find a not so ordinary place to store my clamps. So, looking for someplace where there was room and would not take up valuable space, I looked UP! All within easy reach.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#15 posted 05-14-2009 03:07 AM

Wow Curt… many clamps you got?

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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