Workshop Projects #1: Assembly Rack

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Blog entry by Pheirendt posted 01-06-2013 10:50 PM 3685 reads 6 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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What started out as a simple clamp rack project grew into an entire assembly center.

I started out wanting a mobile rack for all of my clamps to make assembly easier and avoid the running back and forth for clamps and/or having the work table covered in clamps so there is no room to work. The next thing I knew the project grew into the idea of having everything needed for assembly on a mobile cart – clamps, glue, biscuit joiners and biscuits, dowels jigs and dowels, pocket jig pocket hole clamps and screws, and more!

Here is the completed rack (fully loaded) before final sanding and finishing.

I started out with some left over 8/4 Red Oak from my Counter Height Table Top project. I had several long side cuts with wane and one wide board that wasn’t good enough for the table top. I also had a large piece (36” by 56”) of 3/4 Red Oak plywood from another project, and some left over 3/4” oak stock.

I really enjoy the challenge of making something useful out of scraps and salvaged stock. I set the width dimension of the rack pieces based on the narrowest width. A couple of pieces still have some wane,

but i plan on routing the edges with a 3/4” round-over so i could cheat a little.

I started the project by laying out the profile of the “A frames” in chalk on my workshop floor. This helped me work out the dimensions and the angles. I usually start on paper and work everything out, but I decided to just design on the fly this time.

I had a few requirements in mind to start with – the height at 60” with a top shelf of 12” with 10 degree angles, which determined the base width of the A frames.

I laid out all of my clamps which is what I used to determine a width of 24”. Once I put the A frames together I clamped the basic assembly together to make sure the clamps would fit and to work out where the middle shelf and the lower clamp bracket should go.

-- Paul, St Louis, MO,

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#1 posted 01-07-2013 02:30 AM

I would say you got this all worked out mighty fine. I see in the photo that it’s raised up off the floor do you have wheels on it ? Wheels would be something need to move it around the shop floor. Great idea!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 01-07-2013 03:14 PM

Woodshaver – yes I put 4” casters on the bottom shelf so I could move the cart around my shop as needed. I spin it around a lot more than I thought I would!

-- Paul, St Louis, MO,

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#3 posted 01-08-2013 05:21 PM

great cart paul.i think i might have to borrow your pattern,thanks.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#4 posted 01-10-2013 05:04 AM

Good idea and good work!

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