Pipe clamp rack

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Project by wing1319 posted 07-25-2012 03:46 PM 10421 views 13 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a new spot for my growing pipe clamp collection. I tossed around a few ideas and this is what I came up with. I settled on a horizontal configuration after seeing a similar take after going through google images. I didn’t want to take up too much vertical wall space either (by storing the pipes vertically). And to store more in less space, I made two frames and connected them one in front of the other at the top with a piano hinge.

The material is some leftover 5/4×4 T&G CVG Fir flooring. It’s definitely one of my favorite woods. It’s beautiful and great to work with. I ripped off the tongues and grooves and planed it down to just over an inch thick. The frames are joined with dovetails (the rear frame also has a hanging cleat mortised and tenoned into the side members. The holes were drilled with an 1-1/8” forstner bit and the slots cut away on the bandsaw. I routed a rabbet for the piano hinge so the frames would sit tight together.

I was a little worried about the weight of the clamps (especially at the piano hinge), but it’s been up for two weeks now and no sagging issues (yet). I did a Sketchup model if anyone is interested I can send it to you.
Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 07-25-2012 04:32 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks, Mike. That’s a clever idea for storing clamps. You do understand that there’s a corollary to “you can never have too many clamps”, don’t you? It’s “you can never have enough space to store them, either”. :)

Just out of curiosity, how difficult is it to raise the front panel to get to the back?


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#2 posted 07-25-2012 04:58 PM

Welcome to LJ’s and well done. Never enough clamps. I made one on here that opens from the side and has 3 storage shelves…. Look fwd to more.

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

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#3 posted 07-25-2012 05:56 PM

This rack will serve you well for many years to come….. If your too worried about the Piano hinge maybe several good old door hinges will be the ticket…... Nice Dove tails…...

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#4 posted 07-26-2012 06:11 AM

Welcome Mike. Looks good, why do you go with the hinge and not just a deep slot?

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#5 posted 07-26-2012 01:07 PM

Thanks for all the welcomes guys.
Whit, it’s not difficult at all. Don’t get me wrong, it definitely has some weight to it but it doesn’t take much effort at all to open the front.
In hindsight, I would have made the sides a bit longer (with the same hole spacing). That would have created more clearance for the top rear clamp to be removed. And at the bottom, I could have slid my 3/4” pipe couplers under the bottom clamp (where the wood clamp cradles are now). As it is, I’m about an 1/8” short to fit them in there.

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#6 posted 07-26-2012 01:46 PM

Smart idea. I’ll have to do something like this for the pipe clamps in the shop my dad and I share…though the ones we use are at minimum 6ft long, so it’ll have to be a little different.


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#7 posted 07-28-2012 02:39 PM

Well done, great idea!! Thanks for sharing and welcome to LJ’s.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#8 posted 07-28-2012 02:41 PM

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