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BAR CLAMP RACK
slots for bar clamps are '/»" wide. 2V,j," long
quick & easy
Here are a few ideas to help you take control of your clamp collection.
SPACE SLOTS IV ON CENTER FOR EASY ACCESS
Finding the clamps I need for a glueup used to be more like a treasure hunt. I'd find clamps from previous projects hiding in almost every corner of my shop.
So over time, I've come up with some handy ways for keeping my clamps organized and within easy reach. Take a look at these pages and I'm sure you'll be able to put these ideas to use in your shop.
ARM IS MADE FROM TWO PIECES OF V PLYWOOD SIZED " TO FIT BETWEEN SCREWS OF HANDSCREW
SIZE WALL PLATE TO HOLD TWO SETS OF C-CLAMPS
NOTE: ALL WALL PLATES ARE MADE FROM V PLYWOOD
NOTE: CLAMP RACKS ARE MADE FROM PLYWOOD
SIMPLE CLAMP RACKS
The starting point for getting your clamps under control is the customized racks you see on this page. The idea is that each rack is made to hold a specific type of clamp. This allows you to quickly make more as your collection grows.
You'll also notice that each rack is fairly small. This way, you can easily tuck one just about anywhere
SPRING CLAMP RACK
POSITION DOWEL ARMS _ SO CLAMPS f NEST OVER EACH OTHER
SPRING CLAMPS SLIDE OVER DOWELS
NOTE: ATTACH DOWEL ARMS AT AN ANGLE (5') SO CLAMPS CAN'T FALL OFF
WALL PLATE HOLDS THREE SIZES OF SPRING CLAMPS
in your shop. And for strength, the racks are made from \ plywood.
Long Clamps. I started by making racks for my bigger clamps — bar clamps and pipe clamps. A look at the drawings above will show you that these racks are simple, L-shaped shelves with a brace added on each end to support the weight of the long clamps.
Slots or notches are cut into the front of the shelf to create clearance for the pipes and bars. When spacing these openings, you'll want to provide enough room between them so the clamps aren't too crowded and difficult to grab.
The shelves take care of the long clamps. But I find that smaller clamps are the ones that are more easily misplaced. The three rack ideas you see in the drawing at left provide simple ways to hang different types of small clamps.
Each one consists of a wall plate with an arm to hold the clamps. For different types of clamps, all you need to do is change the arm.
Handscrew Clamps. For example, to hold my wood handscrew clamps, I made a hefty arm from two pieces of plywood glued together. The width of the arm is
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