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Project by Doe posted 08-24-2013 11:28 AM 4391 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been turning for three years and I figured that it was time I learned how to do other things. But—I’m more of an artist rather than a mathematician and found that I could measure three times and still get it wrong.

Since my husband put up French cleats in our new-ish workshop, I thought that here was an opportunity to try something where it wasn’t essential to get it looking perfect. I looked around for clamp storage ideas and there was a whole lot of measuring required; I watched Stevinmarin’s Clamp storage racks video about five times.

Since we had 2×4s around I cut five pieces that looked long enough, with four thin slices as spacers. I stuck them all together with a clamp and traced the outline onto plywood and cut it out. I cut a piece of the cleat as wide as the plywood. Then I glued everything together in stages. A couple of the blocks shifted a bit, but it still works. I was afraid that if I clamped between scrap 2×4s, the glue might squeeze out and stick to the scrap blocks. A couple of days later, I thought that if I used wax paper it would be easier to separate if there was squeeze out. I’ll try it next time. The last step was to screw everything together and sand a bit.

For the other clamps, I knew I could drill a hole at an angle, but wasn’t sure I could repeat the same angle so I just drilled at 90 degrees and had my husband slice off a bit on the table saw. I could have done it myself with a plane but he very kindly did it for me. I added a spacer block at the bottom to keep it sticking out from the wall.

They aren’t pretty but I’m happy with them and they work. I don’t think they’d win Stumpy’s tubafore contest but I’m good with that. I’m not sure if the concept will work with the pipe clamps so they’ll stay hanging on some metal shelves. Thanks for looking.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#1 posted 08-24-2013 01:07 PM

Very practical idea. I like it!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 08-24-2013 01:21 PM

I just relocated and was scratching my head on what to do with all my clamps…..great idea. This would work perfect for what I need….only just about x5 times more..ha.

-- -Al, Jacksonville, FL

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#3 posted 08-24-2013 01:23 PM

”They aren’t pretty but I’m happy with them and they work.”

Pretty dont always beat out practical! If they work, they’re great!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#4 posted 08-24-2013 01:26 PM

nifty idea, but maybe worth re-considering the title to the thread…..

-- Ben, England.

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#5 posted 08-24-2013 02:38 PM

Thanks very much for your comments.

Ben – yikes! I thought it looked better than nonece. I stand very much corrected. It reminds of a store here in Canada called Roots; they provided the clothing for our athletes at the Australian Olympics. Apparently it means something quite rude there.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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Rick Dennington

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#6 posted 08-24-2013 04:59 PM

Stellar job on the clamp rack…..Now you’ll have to keep adding to it as you gather more clamps… can never have enough, you know…....

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#7 posted 08-24-2013 10:27 PM

All ideas are good if it help keep the work area organised…well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 08-24-2013 11:09 PM

Nice clamp rack.
for the pipe clamps, just mount one horizontal bar spaced away from the wall a few inches and just hook the pipe clamps over it….......Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 08-24-2013 11:18 PM

Thanks again. I must admit I was a bit embarrassed to post it because of all the amazing work that everyone does; such intricacy and accuracy that I aspire to. And here I am posting some chewed up 2×4s . . .

Jim: I’ll give it a try and let you know how it goes.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#10 posted 08-25-2013 01:22 AM

Nice job and easy as pie!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#11 posted 08-25-2013 11:48 AM

That got the clamps of the bench and makes them easy to find when needed.
Good job and more like this to come I hope .

-- Kiefer

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#12 posted 03-17-2015 04:00 PM

Honestly, this is one of the best clamp solutions I’ve seen considering the functionality-to-time/money ratio. I wish I’d done this instead of buying/making my clamp storage racks.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#13 posted 03-17-2015 04:26 PM

Wax paper works ok sometimes. I find paste wax on scrap blocks works awesome to keep them from sticking.

Nice rack.

Edit: clamp rack. Sorry.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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