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06/20/2014

 
CLAMPSTORAGE
© 2009 August Home Publishing Co.
 
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Have some scrap plywood and an empty bit of wall space? That’s allyou need to get your clamps organized.
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A storage box keeps glue and acces-sories organized. Mounting it nearthe clamps makes it handy.
1 www.Woodsmith.com © 2009 August Home Publishing Co. All Rights Reserved.
here’s an old saying that a wood- worker can never have too many clamps. I know that over the years I’ve collected quite a few. In fact,finding space to put my ever-growingcollection was becoming an issue. What I needed was a better way tostore and organize my clamps. Andthe new “system” had to be easy tobuild and add on to. That way, as Igot more clamps I could make a new rack for them quickly.
SIMPLE DESIGN.
What I came up withis a rack that can be made from four small pieces of plywood and fits just about anywhere. A series of theseracks can be customized to hold alltypes of bar and pipe clamps. And as you can see in the photos below, Ieven made a couple of extra racks tohold gluing supplies and C-clamps.One thing all the racks have incommon is that they are designedto screw to the wall. So you can fit clamp storage wherever you have anopen bit of wall space.
ROLL-AROUND CADDY
. If you’re short of  wall space, don’t worry. The rackscan also be attached to a handy roll-around caddy, as you can see onpage 4. Even if you have plenty of  wall space, you may want to con-sider building the caddy. It holdsall of your clamps in one place andmakes it easy to roll them to wher-ever your project may be.
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C-clamps are held on this simplerack. It can be custom built to fitdifferent sizes of clamps.
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Pistol-grip clamps can be cincheddown on a rack, ready to grab andbe put to work.
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2 www.Woodsmith.com © 2009 August Home Publishing Co. All Rights Reserved.
SECOND:
Drill holes
FIRST:
Lay out  slots on top pieceDrill pressfence
 A
 2"
#/8
Racks
 The heart of this clamp storage sys-tem is an L-shaped rack braced at each end by a triangular support.Each rack is the same size. The only difference is the slots that are custom-ized for different types of clamps. All of the pieces are made from
3
 ⁄ 
4
" plywood (although hardwood would work as well). In fact, I built my racks from pieces of scrap ply- wood that were too small for projectsbut too big to throw out. To keep things simple, I made eachrack 12
1
/
2
" long. That way they fit insmall bits of wall space as well as onthe optional roll-around caddy. But they can be made any length you liketo accomodate your clamps.
CUT PIECES.
 The first step was to cut 
top (A), back (B),
and two
sup- ports (C)
to size for each rack, like you see in Fig. 1 at right. (I made thesupports by ripping a long 3
1
/
4
"-wideblank, then making alternating 45°cuts on the end.)Before assembling the racks,I took the time to drill a couple of countersunk holes in each back piece(Fig. 1a). These are used to screw thecompleted rack to a wall.
SLOT LAYOUT.
 The next step is to lay out the slots for the clamps in eachtop piece. The detail drawings in Fig.1 show racks for the most commontypes of clamps. Small bar clamps sit fairly close together (Fig. 1b). I-beamclamps need more room betweenslots (Fig. 1c). And Fig. 1d showsthe spacing for pipe clamps. Note:Racks for pistol-grip clamps don’t need slots. Refer to the lower right photo on the previous page.
B
BACK 
 A
TOP SUPPORT 
C
SUPPORT 
C
NOTE:
 All pieces are plywood 
#/4"
4"12
!/2"
3
!/4"
3
!/4"
3
!/4"
BARCLAMPRACK
Counter- sunk screw hole12
!/2"
 A
I-BEAM CLAMPS
1
#/4"
3
"
4" 2
#/8"!/2"
-dia. hole
TOPVIEW
 2
!/2"
 A
#/4"
PIPE CLAMPS
1
!/4"
4"1 -dia.hole
!/8"
1
#/4"
TOPVIEW
3"1
&/8"
1
&/8"
 A
BAR CLAMPS
1
"
1
"
 2
#/8"
4"
%/16"
-dia.hole
TOPVIEW
1
#/4"
B
 2"1"Countersunk  screw hole
 A
Tall aux.fence
Raise saw bladeto height of hole
FRONT VIEW
 A
Tall aux.fenceSlotscut intwo passes
a.
2 31
a.b.d.c.
CUT SLOTS.
After the slots are laidout, you can start cutting them. Ifound the best way to do this was todrill a hole at the top of each slot first,like you see in Fig. 2. After the holes are drilled, the waste can be removed on the tablesaw. As Fig. 3 shows, I attached anauxiliary fence to my miter gauge tosupport the workpiece and prevent the waste piece from kicking back.
ASSEMbLY.
Once the slots are cut,the rack can be glued up. The top isclamped to the top edge of the back;then the supports are added. With my long clamps taken careof, I turned my attention to my C-clamps and accessories.
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