Workshop Development #94: Rolling clamp cart mostly done, except for the rolling part.

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 03-04-2014 03:16 PM 7498 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have a couple of spots that could be redone / fixed due to operator error, but I doubt I will. It is only cosmetic and I just don’t care that much. It needs to work, not be pretty…

Quick Rundown, the build was done with 2×4s and plywood. 2×4s were cut down to size on the BT and crosscut with the miter saw, after the first cut, using the dust hood… HUGE difference. Not perfect, but certainly acceptable.

Once it was put together, even lacking casters, I loaded it up , unless the casters induce some instability, this thing is rock solid… No worries of tipping here!

I have after what, 6 years now, removed the clamp rack that was bolted to the wall. Next step will be to add the casters, patch the wall, and then move the freezer in…

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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 03-04-2014 04:04 PM

I definitely have to do what you did with your clamps. Besides, it would be an excuse to buy more clamps…..........

I left a long reply on your last post….................

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 03-04-2014 04:09 PM


Your casters, mounted under your existing base will indeed have a somewhat smaller footprint than the base itself which may have an effect on stability. If that is problematic you could add a larger plywood base to offset the difference and compensate the narrower footprint.

...just a thought.
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#3 posted 03-04-2014 04:55 PM


I had considered that. IF that pans out badly, I will probably build / mount up “Caster outriggers”, I.E. 2×4s cut to allow the casters to mount to them, and putting the footprint out a bit wider…

Yeah I had considered that. and am somewhat concerned, but not freaked out yet.

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#4 posted 03-04-2014 05:32 PM

I was going to say the same thing as GrandpaLen…..............

When I built a tall and thin mobile storage gizmo…..

tall and thin

I used a piece of plywood to spread the wheelbase, and put a piece of scrap cast iron on the bottom for weight. It is quite stable in spite of the light weight of the items, and their height. I pull it around from the top items, and that is how you will use that rack as well.

As I eyeball your rack, I am thinking you might get by without making a larger wheel base. But, you will want to pull that thing to you from the top when you are working, and that might just be enough to make it tippy. Your clamps are jutting out some, so the effective foot print is already larger than the rack itself, so making a larger wheelbase will not take up much more room on your floor.

I would go for the larger wheel base. The easiest and best way to do that is a piece of plywood, with the wheels at the corners so that you gain wheelbase in all directions. You need to expand the wheelbase in all directions.

Making a sandwich of thinner plywood if you are trying to use scrap, would work. You could even make a thin torsion box out of scrap, say, 2 pieces of 1/4” ply or Masonite with miscellaneous braces internally, and with a solid area at each corner to mount the wheel screws. You will end up using that cart a lot, and stability will be very important and worth the time and effort. How you make it is totally a personal question of what wood you have on hand. Probably not worth buying anything to do it, since it should be doable with some combination of scrap. I even used scrap wheels on my storage gizmo.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 03-04-2014 05:35 PM

Nice looking rack … that could be taken wrong … nice looking clamp rack!

Check out Caster City as I believe they have some of the best casters at competetive prices. I have used them for a number of applications from 3” to 5” and never been dissapointed.

I like that better than my “A” frame version so I will usurp this version for myself!

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#6 posted 03-04-2014 05:37 PM

Not disagreeing, but for now, trying to keep the overall height down some. Those 6’ pipe clamps are interesting to get in and out of the rack…

I do have enough scrap ply to do the trick. I admit though I am trying to keep the footprint as small as possible…

Floor real estate is a precious commodity…

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#7 posted 03-05-2014 12:07 PM

This type of clamp rack is really nice. A small footprint, with large capacity. Plus, all your clamps in one spot.

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