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    Cleat Hung Clamp Racks V2

    Seems there's always something to be done while glue is drying. Despite my best efforts to build more than enough clamp racks way back when, I somehow have arrived at a place where I have more clamps than racks . I had used this "fingered" approach on smaller clamps and decided to step up to the heavier stuff. Here's the general idea:

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    I cut the wedge shaped arms from rectangles using a tapering jig. I then drill a 3/4" hole at the top rear area. A section of oak dowel gets glued into the holes like a cross-dowel to give the screw some grip. A second screw goes below the first screw to prevent twist.

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    The backer is about 12" x 16-1/2". I am making a pair as it only takes a little more effort to make multiples. Once I confirm the hole pattern, I use one backer as a template for the other:

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    The wedges are also ganged for drilling and an end vise makes a good assembly jig:

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    So now where 8 clamps fit . . .
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    I can fit 18 . Same space, more storage. Life is good.

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    I just screwed this one together as a test. I'll break it down and glue-and-screw both sets and then hit them with some shellac.
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    Great idea, Glenn! Looks mighty fine to me.
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    Very cool.
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    Once again my procrastination pays off...I had every intention on copying your earlier model glad I waited ...
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    Excellent Glenn well thought out but the better point I like is continuous improvement. I find I get stuck with what I have done and make do. But its not always adequate. Good reminder to keep reinventing.
    cheers

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    you have too many clamps....
    There's usually more than one way to do it...
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    Love it! Now you've got me thinking...
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    Glenn,

    When you were here Fri, Sat and Sun, I mentioned that I need to redo my clamp hangers. I have out grown them. Bring your template when you come next visit. That way I can copy you the easy way.

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    A sigh of relief . No clamps on the floor and I even have spots for a few more.

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    This is the first proto-type that never died and so became my 4" clamp holder near the bench.

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    The larger version 2 fixtures handle some K-bodys and my F-style clamps in a small space.

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    Now I can finish up some drawers and get some other "stuff" off the floor so I can make something else
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    Looking real good!
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