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GENERAL DISCUSSIONS => Workshops and Mobile Vehicle-Based Shops => Topic started by: RJNeal on December 11, 2021, 08:24 PM

Title: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: RJNeal 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.
Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: MikeGE 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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Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: SRSemenza 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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Seth
Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: Mark Katz 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.

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Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: hdv 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]
Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: RJNeal on December 12, 2021, 08:07 AM
Thanks for all the ideas.
Good space saving designs.
Rick.
Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: Crazyraceguy 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.
Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: GoingMyWay on December 12, 2021, 09:57 AM
I started off with a pipe clamp rack based on A Concord Carpenter's plans.

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

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Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: lshah72414 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.
Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: Richard/RMW 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".

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French cleats do the rest.

RMW
Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: dupe 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.
Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: RJNeal 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.
Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: rvieceli 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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Ron
Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: CADru on December 13, 2021, 12:00 PM
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Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: tmccowan 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.
Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: cubevandude on December 14, 2021, 04:25 PM
F Clamps are held by their handles, in a rack made from left over hardwood flooring.

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Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: kmalone 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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Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: ChuckS 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.
Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: mike_aa 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.

Mike A.
Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: ChuckS on December 15, 2021, 12:29 PM
A lot cheaper on this side of the pond (in Cdn $):

https://www.busybeetools.com/products/storage-caddy-for-clamp-body.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-LTC-qnm9AIVJBh9Ch1FDQEjEAQYASABEgK7tvD_BwE
Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: tjbnwi 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
Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: gunnyr 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!
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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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Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: RJNeal 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
Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: ChuckS 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.
Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: BarneyD on December 17, 2021, 10:40 AM
Here's my solution:

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Notice some empty slots. Probably should get some more.....
Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: ChuckS on December 24, 2021, 08:15 PM
Just came across this video: https://vimeo.com/568084620

Warning: Sponsored tools explicitly mentioned by the content-maker.
Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: acer66 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.
Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: CeeJay on December 25, 2021, 10:40 PM
Pretty straightforward. All made from scraps of 3/4 ply:

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Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: Mr_Mod 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.

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Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: ChuckS 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]
Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: bobtskutter on December 26, 2021, 01:42 PM
I just hang them from a joist in the roof of my garage.

Bob

Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: 4nthony on December 28, 2021, 07:19 PM
Some clamp storage I've been building in the last couple weeks for the small french cleat corner of the garage. The clamp racks are pretty similar to what others have posted but I added some small tabs to the front of the racks. I have limited space and tend to bump into them often so I'm hoping the tabs will assist in keeping them in the rack and not falling on my head.

The racks are all about 300mm deep. The larger racks are ~300mm tall while the smaller racks are about ~100mm tall.


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Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: Crazyraceguy on December 28, 2021, 07:56 PM
 That's a good looking set-up you have going there 4nthony.
Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: 4nthony on December 28, 2021, 08:45 PM
That's a good looking set-up you have going there 4nthony.

Thanks. My previous clamp organization was hanging them off the fire blocking in the walls or placing them in a couple 5 gallon buckets and leaning them into a corner. It's nice to finally have some organization. Wish I could say the same about the rest of the garage! Shops are always a work in progress, right?
Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: Crazyraceguy on December 29, 2021, 04:37 PM
Wish I could say the same about the rest of the garage! Shops are always a work in progress, right?

Absolutely. I'm sort of in the planning stages of some rearrangement of mine right now. I think I'm going to add some more parallel clamps horizontally, around the base of my main assembly table.

You have a pretty good collection of Woodpeckers squares in there too.
Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: 4nthony on December 29, 2021, 08:12 PM
You have a pretty good collection of Woodpeckers squares in there too.

Yeah...those squares are somewhat of an addiction.  [embarassed]

The 2616 has been really useful on larger projects. Also, I find that I use it more than the track square to align my guide rails.
Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: Dongar on March 04, 2022, 09:37 PM
I wrote a long detailed description of this but it did not post so here are pictures
Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: Dongar on March 04, 2022, 09:40 PM
only one photo posted here is an other
Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: dwillis on March 05, 2022, 08:10 PM
My clamp rack evolved from a mobile sheet good lumber cart made from one 5x5' piece of 3/4" Baltic birch plywood. Sheet goods are on the front (along with a bunch of other wood), and clamps on the back. Not shown stored here are pipe clamps which are currently in use. In addition there's storage for Festool rails in several pockets on the end of the rack.
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Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: jkc_WA on March 28, 2022, 03:07 PM
@dwillis Do you notice any instability if there aren't many sheet goods on the one side? It appears that the clamp-side of the battered plywood is vertical. Do the clamps throw off the center of gravity enough to make it tough to roll around the shop?

Otherwise, this is a very clever combination and something that will work well in my small shop. Thanks for posting!
Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: dwillis on March 29, 2022, 12:59 AM
You’ve discovered the flaw in my design, which I failed to initially identify. Several weeks ago I was reorganizing my lumber storage and started by taking all the wood off the rack, which immediately fell over, surprising me, and making a mess in the process. As you accurately noticed the rack is inherently unstable without sufficient wood to counterbalance the weight of the clamps. [crying]

One solution would be to move the rack closer to the center of the platform, but that would decrease wood storage capacity. When I designed and built the rack it was simply for lumber storage, and was movable because I’m still in the process of building my workshop, and was tired of having to move the wood around. While unpacking tools I was also looking for a place to temporarily store clamps, and the backside of the rack was a perfect location.

In the long term I’ll build a wall mounted clamp rack to provide more capacity, after all are there ever enough clamps? I still haven’t decided if the rack will also be fixed or mobile. One advantage of mobility is I can move the rack into the garage to offload material from the car to rack, then roll the rack into the workshop.
Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: Euclid on March 29, 2022, 05:55 AM
Instability notwithstanding, your mobile cart looks very useful, dwillis; could you perhaps double-skin the base 'platform' and slot a couple of paving slabs inside as ballast?  (Or perhaps you have already weighted it in some way?)
Title: Re: Show your clamp racks please.
Post by: dwillis on March 30, 2022, 10:08 PM
I've got a piece of steel plate that I dug out of the ground when we were building the house that'd work perfectly as a counter weight, about 70 pounds. Thanks for the advice!