Clamp Rack

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Project by Darryl Jones posted 09-26-2010 04:59 AM 7570 views 15 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been 142 days since my last project post and I haven’t built a blessed thing since but boy it feels good to be building something! OK so I have been trying to organize my shop (also referred to as my garage by the wife) and I have realized a few things. One of those things is that discarded kitchen cabinets are a horrible choice for shop storage and that storing clamps on a wall are a huge waste of a lot of space. So I have been looking at pics of other people’s shops in hopes of finding some direction in what seems like the impossible mission of organizing my shop. I came across a few clamp racks and I also took note of some on wall methods as well. So this is what I came up with. Mine has enough room for all of my clamps (I think I found them all) with a little room for growth. I also incorporated a bank of drawers from a full sized design study for another project. I put my small compressor on the bottom and I intend to add peg board to the end of this unit to hang my nail guns. There is also a tray above the bank of drawers to hold my air compressor accessories (it is currently filled with the tools that I used to build the rack). I added a small power strip as well. I don’t know what I am going to do with the drawer storage yet but you can never have too much drawer storage in a shop. I was looking to purchase one of these style racks but the cheapest I could find would have cost nearly $200, mine cost about $25 (not counting stuff I already had). I guess if I had to buy everything it would have been closer to $50. This one is made of construction grade 2×3s, a few dowels and plywood sheathing. As always thanks for looking and feel free to to leave a comment.

-- Dread Knot Wood Shop

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#1 posted 09-26-2010 05:12 AM

I so need to build a new one myself. Yours looks real handy with that drawer bank.

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

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#2 posted 09-26-2010 05:47 AM

I like the rack also. How well does it roll around? I have been thinking about a rack but I have so little floor space.

-- -Willing to try

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#3 posted 09-26-2010 05:47 AM

That is cool!!!
Too bad Abbott beat me to the nice rack comment! I was about to hang several clamps from the wall but you’ve convinced me it’s better to have a mobile rack. I’ve got the 36in and below on a rack with a large tool box on top. All made out of a busing cart from a restaurant. This looks like a better way, thanks.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#4 posted 09-26-2010 05:48 AM

I sure agree with Abbot, very nice clamp rack! Wish I had room or the need for that large a rack, but I’m limited by my garage being used for other things (like a car!).

Thanks for a couple of good ideas in any case, may incorporate them on a smaller version of a rack.

-- Smitty

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#5 posted 09-26-2010 06:29 AM

Thanks for all the great comments! Mickey it rolls around great, I have two fixed and two rotating 3.5” casters on it from harbor freight $2.49 each if I remember correctly. I don’t have a lot of room either believe it or not this rack has a footprint of less than 30” x 40” hardly any space at all and with the drawer storage, tray, and compressor on board it eliminates the need for floor space to store some other items as well. So technically, it takes up even less space than that! If space is tight then maybe building your rack a little bigger and incorporating storage for other tools and accessories might be just the ticket. I always try to build my shop furniture to fulfill more than just a singular need. Plus I get back a lot of valuable wall space for some wall mounted tool cabinets that I hope to build very soon.

-- Dread Knot Wood Shop

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#6 posted 09-26-2010 10:40 AM

Great clamp rack no doubt! I like the electric strip you put on it as well. I made a rack for my wall that has hinges on it being I ran out of floor space.
I like that yours is mobile very well done friend.

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

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#7 posted 09-26-2010 03:34 PM

Great clamp rack!

I’m sure it feeds your needs much better than a generic store bought one would’ve, as you were able to tailor it to your own clamps, as well as other tools you want to stow on board.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#8 posted 09-26-2010 05:39 PM

very handy rack
thank´s for sharing


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#9 posted 09-26-2010 11:35 PM

Now all you need is an electric motor to move it. I built one, and they sure get heavy quickly as you fill them up. Word of advice – buy the best casters you can afford, you’ll be glad later.

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