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Kevin Violette

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11-06-2007 06:13 AM

Topic tags/keywords: clamp rack pipe storage

Calling all lumberjocks! I have been searching for sometime now for a pipe clamp storage solution. I have NO wall space available and have about a dozen pipe clamps say 6 48" and 6 72”. I have limited floor space in my shop and would prefer not to put them on a cart. I am willing to mount on ceiling but can not come up with a concept of how. Does anyone out there have any ideas on how else to store pipe clamps?

-- Kevin

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#1 posted 11-06-2007 06:19 AM

Kevin – I’m assuming we are talking the 1/2 and 3/4” galvanized pipe clamps. I only have 5 or 6 of several differnt lenghts. i would keep the ones i was not using in a pices of 6” pvc pipe scewed to my floor with a gasket. I keep the clamp parts in a small box set on top of a shelf. It worked well for me. But I’m just a hacking hobbiest and not a production shop. So it does not bother me to have to take out the pipes add on the clamps,et c. But this is one idea to consider.

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#2 posted 11-06-2007 06:25 AM

Kevin…I looked to see if you had pictures of your shop in your profile yet. Maybe if we had an idea what it looked like someone might have a bright idea. I’ve seen them hidden around table saws and miter saw stands. The problem with the ceiling is you have to be able to reach them. I just have a 12” square by 30” high plywood box, I can move with a hand truck, to store my clamps in.

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#3 posted 11-06-2007 06:31 AM


I have not dealt with your specific clamp storing problem, but I have used a method in my garage that may work for you.

I have mounted PVC pipes anchored to your ceiling through which you can place your clamps. So the end product will have say a two 2”x4” anchored to your ceiling joists with PVC running between them held. Given the weight of the pipes, you may want to suspend the 2×4’s using threaded rods and turnbuckles and eye bolts. I hope I have been able to explain how my system works.


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#4 posted 11-06-2007 01:57 PM

I store mine on a rack on top of a cabinet and in racks on the ends of the same cabinet. If you look at my shop photos you can see the cabinet at the right of the first photo.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 11-06-2007 10:30 PM

”You have too many clamps! Send them to me!

Actually, since you’re out of floor/wall space, the next logical place would be the ceiling.

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Kevin Violette

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#6 posted 11-08-2007 01:39 PM

I appreciate the ideas and Dennis you are right I have not yet had a chance to put up photos of my shop. I suppose I should get them up so people can see what I am talking about. I will try and get them up later today.

-- Kevin

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#7 posted 11-08-2007 03:51 PM

I like Dadoo’s solution, you can always store them in my shop <girn>
Show us a few pics of your shop. I love seeing what others have done with the space they have.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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Kevin Violette

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#8 posted 11-15-2007 02:34 AM

Sorry! I finally put some photos of my shop up. As you can see I do not have much room and need to store the clamps some how. Any ideas?

-- Kevin

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#9 posted 11-15-2007 02:46 AM

Checked out your shop. Nice…but I don’t think you stand a chance getting a single clamp to fit. You are just plain out of space. Time to plan an addition! Maybe dig a basement under your basement.

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#10 posted 11-15-2007 02:59 AM

I say you convince the wife to let you use the kitchen pantry for your pipe clamps, then build a dumb waiter elevator to feed them to you down in the basement as needed!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#11 posted 11-15-2007 03:22 AM

I just found this the other day, made some bar clamp racks in a few miniutes, I’m going to make the cart, so I can roll it around like everything else I have, if not, just hang a rack in empty corners here and there, I think they make me feel organized, even though I’m a Pack Rat. Pge 6


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#12 posted 11-15-2007 11:32 PM

Bill – had the same problem – here is the solution I came up with (and we got a nice new bench!)

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#13 posted 11-16-2007 12:03 AM

First I’d like to thank Mski for thr free set of plans. The rolling cabinet on pg.9 would work very well unless…Biff, you feel the need for a new workbench. Then I’d incorporate either hangars or drawers to store the clamps inside or outside the bench, like Schroeder did. This would also give the bench more weight. Put it on lockable casters and you have a movable assembly table, outfeed table, etc. And if thats not in the works…Go to the ceiling. It would be easy to lagbolt a pipe fixture to some ceiling studs then just lay the barclamps across them.

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Kevin Violette

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#14 posted 11-16-2007 08:57 AM

Schroeder that is awesome!
Mski thanks so much that is a great idea too.

-- Kevin

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