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    Clamp Rack Wall Rebuild

    My son, Glenn, informed me that I had outgrown my clamps storage racks and that I had a real mess (come on, did he think I didn't know that). Anyway he came down and we made new clamp racks with room to grow. For those of you who remember Igor I say, “Thank goodness Igor was not here.” However, he could have had a ball with this.

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    Actually there was a clamp rack prior to this pic. The clamps hung on the “ladder” (made of electric conduit) that shows on the left. So here is the idea we came up with:

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    In order to make the slots, we needed a row of holes. In order to make the row of holes we made a sort of jig out of one of the drill press table inserts:

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    We used some scrap to get the alignment right and then started drilling holes in the real thing:

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    Now we needed to make slots (no not the Las Vegas kind) our of the holes. First we setup a sacrificial fence with a key. For the key we used a brass setup block:

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    Then we burn up some scrap to get the spacing fine tuned for the slots.

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    cont'd . . . .
    Last edited by Jim C Bradley; 03-23-2015 at 02:19 AM.
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    Here's a shot of the keeper stock and the key again along with a view of the sac-fence on the sled.

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    Occasionally a bit of adjustment was required. Fortunately Glenn had watched a Garret Hack video in which he demonstrated his 'micro-adjuster'.

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    Yep . . . perfect.

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    With such repetitve work a break every now and then for a little rock-n-roll helped us keep our sanity . . . clamp-rack-guitar and clamp-rack-keyboard anyone?

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    The slots were too narrow for any router bit we had on hand so, a round grinding stone served to bevel the edges of the slots. This keeps the veneer from shredding while clamps are going in and out of the rack.

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    Once they were all up on the wall, it looks like so:

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    Like Glenn, I store my longer clamps on these little plywood racks that hang from the rafters. these are clamps I use very seldom. When I do use them I use several so it is not an issue to step up and bring a few down for use. This also keep a large section of wall clear for other use.

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    Last edited by Jim C Bradley; 03-23-2015 at 02:24 AM.
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    you guys have to much fun organizing now you need to get him to make something in there to show us glenn
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    Well done guys! New clamp rack is nice, but together time is even nicer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Calver View Post
    Well done guys! New clamp rack is nice, but together time is even nicer.
    That's for dang sure!!!! We have an absolute ball.

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    A couple of regular raconteurs, good to have some fun

    I don't think I could spare the wall space, what with the brewery along one wall and the stairs along the other but man that looks nice and easy to get to.

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    Ryan,

    In the past Glenn has used "long" rods sticking out from the wall. Each rod holding 7 clamps. It takes up less room and is not quite so handy as what I have. However, if each rod has similar clamps you have access to a variety of clamps. I'm not sure that makes sense so I will try again. Suppose you have 7 types of clamps. If you have 7 rods with 7 clamps each, you have stored 49 clamps. If you want four 6" Bessies you go to the rod containing seven 6" Bessies and peel off the first four; each one of these is readily available with out moving any other clamps' opening drawers or cupboards...Just something to think about.

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    Yep makes total sense Jim, I'm actually using a portamate lumber rack to hang (many of) my clamps from (got it on sale at 50% off intending to use it for lumber but it was looking pretty lightweight for that so built my own lumber rack and.. welp here we are): http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=67432

    The long ones lay across the top row and the shorter ones are hung off the lower rungs pretty much as you describe.

    Your setup is - as you note much much prettier

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