New Shop in the Raw #3: Much Needed Clamp Rack

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Blog entry by builtinbkyn posted 11-28-2015 11:19 PM 3878 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Continuing Build of Miter Saw Station Part 3 of New Shop in the Raw series Part 4: State of the Shop »

Today I took a break from working on the miter saw station. Only had a few hours to spend in the shop so I decided to knock out as much as I could on a wall-mounted clamp rack. My clamps have been residing on the lumber cart I built, but that does me no good when needing the cart to move in new sheet goods and lumber from my truck in the loading dock to the shop.

So after viewing a few renditions done here on LJs, I had at it. It’s a quick and dirty solution, but it should serve the purpose well and besides it’s a clamp rack :)

After laminating two pieces of 1/2” birch ply, I set up a little jig and hogged out some holes with my Porter Cable drill and Forstner bits.

Then it was time to strike some lines to connect the dots.

And mark the edge so I could see where the cut line would be made using my crosscut sled.

One side, which will be pointing down, is pretty.

The other, well, not so much :)

I think this went way faster than using a jigsaw, which I had forgotten at home. However I’ll never see that top surface again until I pull the rack down to move :)

Just need to repeat this one more time, make some brackets to connect the two runners and mount the whole thing using French cleats. The rack is 48” long and holds 21 clamps – pipe, F style and Bessey K clamps. There’s ample wall space to add another rack of the same length.

Oh I got all the cuts made but forgot to take a last pic before I left for the day. Wife wants to go out for dinner and I couldn’t dally LOL

Thanks for looking :)

PS That crosscut sled has been used and abused. Need to make another – for the new table saw – whenever that happens :)

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#1 posted 11-29-2015 05:34 AM

Great build and you are right it will be there for a good while, well made

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 11-30-2015 02:15 AM

Well thanks Norman. I don’t know if it’s great, but it works LOL Here’s the end results. Oh I brought my jigsaw with me today and made the cuts with it. I was wrong. The jigsaw was probably easier for this task vs the sled. Ah maybe the same, but anyway, I got it done. I think I’ll probably need to find another spot for one more of these racks. It’s already full.

Oh, didn’t go the French cleat route. I used those toggle bolts with the zip ties. I love those things.

Tomorrow it’s back to the saw station. Doors and drawers and a fence. Need to move on to other things.


-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#3 posted 12-10-2015 11:22 PM

Moved to correct blog entry

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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