Rolling Clamp Rack

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Project by Timzwoodz posted 05-23-2014 03:57 PM 2483 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Good Day LJs,

With limited wall space, I built this roll-around clamp rack for my garage shop.

Using scrap plywood, I assembled the box frame using pocket hole joinery.

The top (photo #2) slots were cut on the table saw, final dimensions are 3/8” wide by 2” deep, spaced ~1 3/8” apart.

I installed a 2” wide retaining rail (photo #3) along the bottom that keeps the clamp heads in place; it makes returning the clamps a snap….just put the head of the clamp over the rail and put the bar in the slot.

Outrigger boards are installed at the each end of the fram bottom, perpendicular to the box frame, and casters were added for easy movement around the shop.

What I like most about this arrangement is that I don’t have to screw the clamp closed to store it; gravity does the work for me.

-- Being half Irish and half Scottish, I love to drink but hate to pay for it

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#1 posted 05-23-2014 05:59 PM

Nice job on your clamp rack. It always amazes me how we woodworkers are presented with a problem and can turn the situation around with a little thought. I ran into the same issue and built one that tucks behind a bench and moves around the shop. I like the slots on yours and may modify mine. Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 05-23-2014 11:00 PM

Nice. Do you like the Bessy parallel bar clamps? I’m thinking about buying a few for a big project I’m about to start gluing up.

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#3 posted 05-24-2014 02:43 AM

For Jason: Thanks..your rack is definitely more multi-purpose than mine. Scrap plywood is the mother of projects that sometimes become useful!

For Kv0nT: I have mostly Bessey PBCs and think they are the best on the market. The JET PBCs offer a bit more throat depth, and the bar has ruler markings, which comes in handy. I also have some Woodcraft PBCs, but they don’t hold up as well as the Bessey or JET. Quality items cost more, but you only have to buy it once.

Have a good, safe Memorial the flag!

-- Being half Irish and half Scottish, I love to drink but hate to pay for it

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#4 posted 05-25-2014 05:30 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For posting.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#5 posted 05-25-2014 05:31 AM

Sorry They wanted to Double Post it for me. ....LOL..

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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Darryl Jones

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#6 posted 09-23-2014 02:54 PM

Excellent idea! I also liked your idea so much that I built a modified version myself (my third clamp rack). I am currently developing a handle for moving it around the shop without bending over. Check my projects page in a few days if you want to see it.

-- Dread Knot Wood Shop

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