Modular Clamp Rack

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Project by SirFatty posted 09-28-2013 06:09 PM 7102 views 14 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In an ongoing effort to get organized, this is the second project this year to address that need in the garage shop. Earlier in the summer, shelves were added below the cabinets allowing for quick access to screws, bolts and other hardware. This time around the focus is the ever increasing clamp collection.

Several years ago, when the amount of clamps was much smaller, a 2×3 with brackets was sufficient to hold the clamps. It got the job done, but is not an ideal method because the each clamp has to be “clamped” to the wood to hold it in place. The more that were added, the harder it became to do that. Also, when pulling a clamp off, there was a tendency for the protective plastic pads to come off.

In the first picture the area has already been cleared of extension cords and air hoses, so it appears much more organized that when I started the project. Also, the ladder has been relocated so that entire space can be utilized for storage.


A very common design for the clamp rack is to have a shelf with a series of “U” shaped cutout for the clamps to rest on. That will work for this project, and the other design consideration is that these shelves should span a typical sixteen inch on center wall stud layout. Each rack will span the stud gap, 17.5” wide, and will allow for multiple racks to be daisy chained together. In a small amount of room, the styles of racks can be mixed and matched and expanded with time. Seems to be the most flexible design for this space. Construction is with 3/4” plywood, glue and screws. A half sheet of plywood was purchased, but a quarter sheet is all that’s need to completed this specific project.

A measured drawing is available for this project, located at the bottom, by the gallery.


As will all projects, the various pieces are ripped and cut to length.

The holes for the radius part the “U” was done at the drill press with a 1 1/8” spade bit. The fence was set such that only the horizontal location of the hole had to be determined.

When possible an operation was performed on multiple pieces to increase consistency and speed up the project a little.

The top and back pieces were glued and screwed using three screws, the corner brackets have a screw from the top and back. When finished, they attached to wall perfectly and are completely modular.

F Style Bar Clamps

The difference between this rack and the pipe clamp rack is the top, the back remains the same. Initially I designed the slot depth 3 7/8”, but since the table saw blade height is less, the executive decision was made to simply use the depth the blade could provide, which was about 3/8” short of the mark. The two outside cuts were made first, followed by a third clean-up cut.

A total of four were made, so two were clamped together and cut at the same time. When that operation was finished, all the necessary parts to assemble were ready.

The assembly process is exactly like the pipe clamp rack… glue and screws.

Here’s a couple pics with the clamps in place. And the cabinet door still opens fully.

Took them down today, my son is painting them black in keeping with the theme in the garage.

Here’s the measured drawing, if you’re interested.

Thanks for looking and have a good weekend.

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12 comments so far

View redryder's profile


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#1 posted 09-28-2013 06:28 PM

Those racks sure look strong enough to hold all that iron.
Nice photo how-to…...................

-- mike...............

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#2 posted 09-28-2013 06:40 PM

Nice job.
I like the modularity(?) of the design.
The measured drawing is GREAT!!!

”if you’re interested….”
Heck YEAH!!! I will be building these for my shop. I’ll just need to incorporate a French cleat system.
Thanks for taking the time to post and providing the measured drawing!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 09-28-2013 07:14 PM

Good design. With wall space in the shop being more valuable than real estate, you did a great job with the stacked racks.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 09-28-2013 09:27 PM

Nice job and very nice collection of clamps.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 09-28-2013 11:29 PM

Well Sir,

That looks pretty darn GOOD!

COOL way to go… easy to go from bar to Pipe to Cab. clamps…

You have a COOL setup there…

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

View SirFatty's profile


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#6 posted 09-29-2013 01:50 AM

@redryder thank you!

@DIYaholic I look forward to seeing your build!

@doubleDD You’re right about that, and as a bonus the clamps are easier to retrieve.

@HillbillyShooter Thanks, it is a nice collection, and never quite enough. My kid wants to know if you are a hillbilly that shoots or do you shoot hillbillies?

@Joe Always there for support, so I will say Thank You as well!

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#7 posted 09-29-2013 06:29 AM

nice job!

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#8 posted 09-29-2013 04:48 PM

Well done and very similar to what I have and it sure is nice to have them hanging instead of in a box .
I only have a few bar and C clamps that still need a proper home and this gives me some ideas .
One thing I did different on my F clamp rack is a large hole at the back of the slot so the clamp can be turned slightly side ways and keep it from accidently knocked out .
Thanks for the link also ,always looking for good ideas.

-- Kiefer

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#9 posted 09-29-2013 05:58 PM

Best break down of “how to” text & images re: clamp racks – yet !! nice one & thxs

-- > It takes a long time to become a child - Picasso <

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#10 posted 09-30-2013 01:50 AM

@tugboater78: Thank you very much!

@kiefer: I was thinking of something similar, but elected to keep it simple for now. You know how this stuff is, it always evolves!

@deltawing: thank you for the kind words!

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#11 posted 10-09-2013 12:39 AM

Thanks for this post, I’m just about to make some of these perfect timing!


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#12 posted 10-09-2013 02:26 AM

@1911Kevin: I look forward to seeing your work!

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