Check out the New Yankee Workshop website. Norm did a kick butt clamp cart
a few seasons ago. I built his cart earlier this year. It rocks. I have
close to 50 bar clamps (mostly K Besseys and Jorgenson's) and a bunch of
smaller clamps all stored in 28" x 28" x 72" tall.
I'll second Bob's choice of Norms clamp cart/rack. I
copied it about a year ago. For just a few hours of
work and some scraps, it has turned out to be a
great organizer - I now know where every clamp
I have is located.
My only regret is that I didn't make it a little wider
since I started adding Besseys to my pipe clamp
I concur. I made my own without needing to purchase the plans. I simply
watched the PBS episode. It was really easy. I have a about 50 assorted
clamps as well, about 1/2 Bessy and 1/2 aluminum bar clamps and it's
perfect. I added a small fixed tray in the center to store cauls.
"....this just proves, you can never have too many clamps"
- Brother Norm
Unique? There's nothing new under the sun.
C-clamps occupy a drawer in my workbench, which is maple and has 12
Large clamps are clamped to a 1x2 secured to the wall.
What matters is what's handy for you. Some like a gun-rack approach
for bar clamps. Just keep them off the floor so you don't trip over
LOL sounds like me :)
too much mess and too little time to do anything but woodworking (the
cleanup is a low priority).
I'll clean up when I retire!
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Regarding Upscale's clamp rack:
(Usually reserved for the ladies) Nice rack!
Seriously though, I have something sort of similar. Two reasons why the
clamp rack concept works well are:
1. Its multi-sided, therefore you have more surface area to store clamps
than, say, a wall-mounted storage space. Like upsale, I store my bar clamps
on the back side. If I need those, I just spin it around.
2. Wheels enable you to move the storage to your work area. I tend to use my
outfeed table in the middle of the room for glue-ups. It is not unusual for
me to use 16 F-clamps. When I stored clamps on the wall in a corner, I would
have to take five steps over with each "handful".
On Tue, 5 Jul 2005 21:29:03 -0500, the opaque "Reynaud"
I built an A-frame mobile cart which works well. I have 50+ clamps on
it in a 24x36x60ish" space.
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For bar clamps, I use a 5-gallon plastic container bolted to a 24-inch
square piece of 3/4 plywood with small casters at the corners. The
bucket is filled with various appropriate lengths (18-30") of 1 1/2"
plastic pipe into which I slide the clamps, bar and all. It takes up 4
square feet of space, rolls around and keeps everything in place. Not
elegant, but effective.
I have a couple of buckets of those. the clamps still get tangled. I'm
presently scrounging parts and ideas for the next version, which will
be built on a shop cart I built some years ago. it has a couple of
drawers for c clamps and such. I'll include storage for glue,
biscuits, dowels and the tools used with those thinga as well as the
pipe and bar clamps.
I chose the Tom Plamann "gun rack" style myself. Since I have a pathetic few
good clamps I'll send the link to his clamp racks ;-)
For simple bar clamps, a number of HF pitsburgs in the 24" and under
sizes. I hung a french cleat upon the wall, then mortised a square
1/2" piece of baltic birch about 8" long by 1" wide into a 7"x10" piece
of another BB. The clamps are closed and the "prong" of BB slides
between the jaws. SInce it is flat the clamps are flat on the
underside of the top jaw, they site square to the top. I can put 8 or
9 together this way alternating handle to jaw pads and back and forth.
My small bessy/jorgy collection is housed in a two lawer dovetail jig
like configuration. I made it a bit too skinny to hold all the k-body
blocks, but with one hanging out they all fit on a shelf underneath the
I clamp all my assorted clamps on the lower chord of the steel I-beam
holding up the main floor of my house. Right down the middle of my
shop. The taller clamps go towards the wall, the small ones clip on
above the walkways.
C-Clamps are in the rolling tool cabinet as I don't use them that often.
Quik-Grip and Spring clamps are clamped onto a wire shelf that's holding up
other crap in my garage. And the bar clamps are hanging from the garage
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