Clamp racks

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Project by masterwacker posted 04-12-2014 11:33 PM 4290 views 13 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I bought our house in July 2013 and I have been getting the garage setup into my shop. I have a bunch of clamps that up until now were laying in a pile in the corner of the garage. These racks I built will get about half of my clamps off the ground. Once I build the rest of the racks I will finally have all my clamps off the ground and will stop tripping over them…

For the ceiling rack I bought some schedule 40 1-1/4” PVC and then using a 1-5/8” forstner bit I drilled out 10 holes in each face/back of the rack. The O.D. of the PVC is slightly larger than 1-5/8” so I then had to sand the PVC down some and I also put a chamfer on each end to help with the installation. I put (1) piece of plywood with the 10 holes on my workbench and using a dead blow hammer I beat the PVC into the plywood. Since I drilled the 10 holes at the same time for the front and the back the holes lined up nicely and then beat the back onto the PVC. The PVC fits is extremely snug with absolutely no need to screw or glue it. I then boxed in the holder except for the bottom to allow me to screw the rack to the ceiling in my garage. For clarification purposes, when I bought the house I gutted the garage and sheated the ceiling with 3/4” plywood so I could hang anything wherever I chose too.

The wall rack many of you have built them so no need to go into detail. I just like how neat they are organized now. the spacing worked out really well around my upper outlets and the table saw outlet.

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#1 posted 04-13-2014 12:06 AM

wow, you have a ton of clamps, great job

-- steve, simple and effective

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#2 posted 04-13-2014 12:49 AM

You can’t have too many clamps, speaking as someone that has built a wood srtrip Kayak. I like your idea for the ceiling rack.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#3 posted 04-13-2014 11:41 AM

nice racks,great idea on the rack on the ceiling.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Matt (MWA Woodworks)

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#4 posted 04-13-2014 11:55 AM

I love the ceiling racks. I have a 12 foot ceiling in my garage, though so I’d have to build a stair case to go with those racks :-)

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#5 posted 04-14-2014 12:16 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone. Greatly appreciated.

Matt, I wish I had 12 foot ceilings. More wall space!! yeah, getting on a ladder would suck in your case laughs

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#6 posted 04-18-2014 08:20 PM

Looks great. Especially like that brand new out feed table. (I had just finished reading that post lol)

-- If You Haven't Got the Time to Do It Right, When Will You Find the Time to Do It Over?

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#7 posted 04-24-2014 11:34 AM

Love the creative design! I’ll be making the wall version… thanks for the ideas!

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