Clamp Rack v2

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Project by Jeison posted 05-10-2010 02:52 AM 8360 views 9 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started switching over to a cleat system, and since my old clamp rack (last picture) was starting to overflow, I decided it was a good first choice to update. I finished the main rack, still need to do a second one for the aluminum bar clamps, and a third for hanging the small clamps.

It was pretty quick to bang out, I used 1×4’s with a 45 degree bevel for the cleats (the “final” version will be made out of maple, I used 98 cent select boards for this, since then i wouldn’t be out much when I inevitably screwed something up when I wasn’t paying attention lol!

The rack itself I’m sure everyone has seen before, there are versions in every magazine, I set up the table saw to cut 1” deep, 1/4” wide dados, and made a simple indexing jig auxiliary face for the miter gauge, then ran a 3’ x 5” plywood piece through for the top section. Turns out that works for all my F-style and quick grip bar clamps, although in the next one I’m going to widen the spacing just slightly (the nice big grips on those HF clamps need a bit more space then I took into account) The back is 6” tall plywood, and then just screwed a matching cleat on and voila.

Heres the funny part. Last night I cut the cleats, then sanded and stained the ones that would be attached to the wall (like I said I plan to replace them with maple as I add more, but its always good to practice.) Then today when I went to mount them I realized….I sanded and stained the wrong side….facepalm

Well, better to mess up a .98 cent crap board then the expensive maple ones lol!

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#1 posted 05-10-2010 03:03 AM

That looks pretty slick. Nice set of clamps to.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#2 posted 05-10-2010 04:38 AM

Good job!! I need to do this.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#3 posted 05-10-2010 12:33 PM

Now you will need more clamps…

-- Be safe.

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#4 posted 05-10-2010 03:38 PM

Like it, I made one similar with hinges… Never enough clamps….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 01-08-2011 04:52 AM

Just sand and stain the right side, and you’ll never see the other side?
Nice looking clamp rack,

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#6 posted 03-21-2011 05:11 PM

Thanks for posting. I am planning to go to a cleat system as I replace my old storage cabinets, and ancient pegboard system. I am out of clamp storage space as well.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#7 posted 04-04-2011 09:13 PM

i need to do something like that… i also need that many clamps as my young set are hanging off my workbench! Thanks for the idea!

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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