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Offline RJNeal

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Show your clamp racks please.
« on: December 11, 2021, 08:24 PM »
I finally decided to rack my clamps at my new shop. Looking for ideas from fellow members here.
I have bars, parallel,C clamps, and F style clamps.
Many thanks.
Rick.
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Offline MikeGE

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Re: Show your clamp racks please.
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2021, 09:10 PM »
Here is my clamp rack showing six of each clamp.  I have more spring clamps and some G clamps that are in drawers for now, but they will eventually be added to the rack.  My guide rails are above the clamp rack, and there is one FS3000/2, one FS1400/2 LR, and two FS/800/2 rails.


This clamp rack was based on the clamp rack in a Jay Bates video and is made with 18mm plywood.  I didn't bother finishing it other than sanding to P150.


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Re: Show your clamp racks please.
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2021, 11:57 PM »
I have many of mine on three sides of my main workbench.  These are old pics. There are now three racks / holders (like the long side) on each end instead of the two shown. These are the 24" - 60". I have a bunch od 12" and 18" in tool chest drawers.












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Offline Mark Katz

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Re: Show your clamp racks please.
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2021, 01:20 AM »
I have so many different kinds of clamps in small quantities (2 of this, 4 of that) and so little wall space that I ended up wit a carefully arranged custom layout. Spaces were designed so clamps of different types and sizes were nested inside each other. Since this picture was taken, even more clamps were squeezed into the remaining blank spaces.


Offline hdv

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Re: Show your clamp racks please.
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2021, 06:10 AM »
The smaller ones are in racks, like above the Raaco small part cabinets in the photo. The rest are below the ceiling. A fair number are just clamped to horizontal shelves wherever there is spare room. There are many many more than seen here... I probably should go to a session of Clamp Addicts Anonymous  [scared]
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Offline RJNeal

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Re: Show your clamp racks please.
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2021, 08:07 AM »
Thanks for all the ideas.
Good space saving designs.
Rick.
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Offline Crazyraceguy

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Re: Show your clamp racks please.
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2021, 09:43 AM »
I use the metal brackets that are specifically made for parallel clamps. But I have found that the only ones that have the spacing correct for the Bessey K-body are made under the brand name of Wood River, which they sell at Woodcraft. Those removable black skins stick out enough to make them too wide fit most of the commercial versions. They hold 12 in each section. I have several of them located around my assembly area at different heights for various lengths. Apparently I only have a pic of the highest one.
I keep all of my smaller F clamps in open-top boxes in the bottom drawer of my rolling cabinet.
All of my Festool clamps are in the Systainer set with the dogs and clamping elements.

Found another pic.
« Last Edit: December 18, 2021, 06:57 PM by Crazyraceguy »
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Offline GoingMyWay

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Re: Show your clamp racks please.
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2021, 09:57 AM »
I started off with a pipe clamp rack based on A Concord Carpenter's plans.



I copied Jay Bates' design for parallel and f clamps.




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Offline lshah72414

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Re: Show your clamp racks please.
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2021, 10:44 AM »
Had limited space, found a picture on the internet and copied it.
43 inches wide, and holds 5 clamps per space. So can put up to 30 clamps on this rack.
Very sturdy.

Offline Richard/RMW

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Re: Show your clamp racks please.
« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2021, 06:25 PM »
These are poorly executed, fairly typical design, but the "nesting" of sizes crams a bunch of clamps into a small area.  Depth is ~12", fits 5-6 K body or ~10 tradesman in each slot. Over 100 total in an area +/- 12" by 40" by 48".





French cleats do the rest.

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« Last Edit: December 12, 2021, 06:42 PM by Richard/RMW »
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Offline dupe

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Re: Show your clamp racks please.
« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2021, 09:55 PM »
@SRSemenza don’t think it gets much better than that!

Grizzly has a slight discount on 3 piece metal racks currently - 72” of racking for +/- $40.
Haven’t opened them yet, but I would say judging the pictures above, perpendicular stacking a better use of space.
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Offline RJNeal

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Re: Show your clamp racks please.
« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2021, 10:24 PM »
Thanks again for all the ideas. I’ll be getting started on them on the Christmas to new year’s speed bump.
Rick.
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Online rvieceli

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Re: Show your clamp racks please.
« Reply #12 on: December 13, 2021, 10:54 AM »
@RJNeal here is mine. I used some closet stuff from a closet that we took out.



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Offline CADru

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Re: Show your clamp racks please.
« Reply #13 on: December 13, 2021, 12:00 PM »
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Offline tmccowan

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Re: Show your clamp racks please.
« Reply #14 on: December 13, 2021, 03:14 PM »
You can see my original rack for my larger clamps leaning against the wall. It was chopped up and thrown out almost immediately after hanging its replacement.

Offline cubevandude

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Re: Show your clamp racks please.
« Reply #15 on: December 14, 2021, 04:25 PM »
F Clamps are held by their handles, in a rack made from left over hardwood flooring.




Offline kmalone

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Re: Show your clamp racks please.
« Reply #16 on: December 15, 2021, 10:47 AM »
If you have room, you may like having a mobile option. Most of my assembly is done on the tablesaw outfeed table, so it is pretty handy to be able to bring the clamps up close.
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Online ChuckS

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Re: Show your clamp racks please.
« Reply #17 on: December 15, 2021, 11:29 AM »
If you have room, you may like having a mobile option. Most of my assembly is done on the tablesaw outfeed table, so it is pretty handy to be able to bring the clamps up close.

+1.

If your shop is relatively large or spacious, imagine the time or trips you save from walking from your assembly station to the wall(s) where your clamps are kept, and back after the assembly is done. Sometimes for a complex glue-up, I could be handling 30 to 40 clamps or even more at a time. I just roll the rack of clamps twice for any assembly job -- once to the station at the beginning and once back to where the rack is parked. Replacing the clamps can't be easier.

I do have a wall for clamps, but it's for the longest, heavy parallel clamps (6' and above), which aren't used that often compared to the F-style clamps, aluminum bar clamps, etc.

Another benefit of a mobile clamp rack or stand by your bench/assembly table: If you run out of a clamp in the middle of a time-sensitive glue-up for whatever reason (yes, it has happened to me more than once despite my dry-fitting routine), there is no panic!

For F-style clamps and smaller/light weight clamps (spring clamps, handscrew clamps, C-clamps, etc.), the footprint of a mobile clamp rack can be pretty small: One of mine is 8" x 36".

You can build or buy depending on your needs. The other day, I saw a metal mobile full size clamp rack listed on Kijiji for $60 Cdn (I think new is about $120).

Edit: I have only one small section of a wall free for long clamps. All other walls are taken -- by either wall-mounted cabinets or shelves.
« Last Edit: December 15, 2021, 11:59 AM by ChuckS »

Offline mike_aa

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Re: Show your clamp racks please.
« Reply #18 on: December 15, 2021, 12:26 PM »
If you don't want to roll your own, Rockler sells a mobile clamp rack:

https://www.rockler.com/rockler-pack-rack-clamp-and-tool-storage-system

I think Woodcraft has a similar one.

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Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Show your clamp racks please.
« Reply #20 on: December 15, 2021, 08:38 PM »
We use 2 rolling racks, one holds clamps on both sides, theother is clamps on one side, TSO Products on the other side.

We also have 2 plastic totes with 300 2" opening springs clamps in each of them. We use them for lock mitered corners.

Tom
« Last Edit: December 15, 2021, 08:40 PM by tjbnwi »

Offline gunnyr

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Re: Show your clamp racks please.
« Reply #21 on: December 16, 2021, 10:13 AM »
I made a version of Norm Abrams rolling clamp rack a few years ago.  I don't have the luxury of wall space for clamps and I love the ability to move it around the shop!


I've also made a couple small clamp racks in my van to make it easy to retrieve my most frequently used clamps without getting back in the van.  I've found that I like the Bessy clamps better than the Festool ones for clamping my rails to the workpiece so I keep them with the rails ;D.
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Offline RJNeal

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Re: Show your clamp racks please.
« Reply #22 on: December 16, 2021, 08:57 PM »
Thanks all that continue to add to this thread. Much appreciated.
I really like the clamp rack carts, but I have more wall places than floor places
Rick
« Last Edit: December 16, 2021, 09:46 PM by RJNeal »
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Online ChuckS

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Re: Show your clamp racks please.
« Reply #23 on: December 16, 2021, 09:21 PM »
Snip. but I have more wall place than floor place.
Rick

That would certainly tilt the approach to a wall solution.

Offline BarneyD

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Re: Show your clamp racks please.
« Reply #24 on: December 17, 2021, 10:40 AM »
Here's my solution:



Notice some empty slots. Probably should get some more.....
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Online ChuckS

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Re: Show your clamp racks please.
« Reply #25 on: December 24, 2021, 08:15 PM »
Just came across this video:

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Offline acer66

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Re: Show your clamp racks please.
« Reply #26 on: December 25, 2021, 09:19 AM »
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I also have mine stored Jay Bates style but I do like this also because of the extra storage close by for small parts.

Offline CeeJay

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Re: Show your clamp racks please.
« Reply #27 on: December 25, 2021, 10:40 PM »
Pretty straightforward. All made from scraps of 3/4 ply:




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Offline Mr_Mod

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Re: Show your clamp racks please.
« Reply #28 on: December 26, 2021, 04:49 AM »
Here is a couple of shots of my ceiling clamp storage, the wall mount clamp rack will add later once i clear the stuff in front of it.



« Last Edit: December 26, 2021, 04:53 AM by Mr_Mod »

Online ChuckS

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Re: Show your clamp racks please.
« Reply #29 on: December 26, 2021, 11:34 AM »
At first look (top photo), I thought your ceiling clamp storage was actually a wall storage...until I noticed those "floating" mallets/hammers(?). [big grin]
« Last Edit: December 26, 2021, 11:42 AM by ChuckS »