I recently built a Small Parts
Cabinet to keep all of my little odds and ends in one place. Since
the cabinet is located where my old clamp rack had been, I needed to
build two new racks to store my clamps.
Pipe Clamp Rack
I tend to use my Jet 24" Parallel Clamps for most projects, so I
figured I would mount my 48" pipe clamps higher up on the wall. They are
out of the way, but still easy to reach when I need them.
To keep things fairly consistent, I sized the pipe clamp rack so it was
roughly the same width as the existing bar clamp rack below. The eight
pipe clamps are fairly heavy so I wanted to make sure the rack was strong
enough to support their weight. I designed the rack with a back and a
lower support bar so the clamps would never touch the drywall. I also
added a small lip on the front edge so the clamps wouldn't fall off the
wall with vibration from the nearby door.
I built my rack using plywood scraps I had laying around the shop. I
measured the slots for the clamps and drilled them out on the drill
press. Then I used my bandsaw to cut out the slots that I could reach,
and cut the rest with a handsaw. Unfortunately, I wasn't paying attention
and flipped the board the wrong direction when I was cutting slots on the
bandsaw. So, rather than waste the work I had already done, I just cut
the board in half and added a center vertical divider. It was an
unplanned detail, but it actually added a little strength to the rack.
After some sanding and a couple coats of polyurethane, I mounted it to
the wall with 3 inch screws into the studs.
Small Clamp Rack
For years I have simply slipped my small clamps
onto my previous pipe clamp rack. It has always worked well for me, so I
figured I would stick with the same simple design for a dedicated rack.
Basically, it's just a board to set the clamps on, and a lower board to
keep them hanging vertically and not damage the drywall. It's a simple
box with a ledger strip on the back to mount it to the wall. Again, I
just used some scrap pine boards and a couple coats of poly that I've had
in the shop already.