5 Great Clamp Organizers
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5 Great Clamp Organizers

Introduction

Introduction

Solve your clamp-storage problems once and for all with one or more of our five custom holders. These clever wall-hung helpers not only keep all your clamps at arm's reach, they also look great doing it.

1. Spring-clamp holder
2. Bar-clamp rack
3. Locking C-clamp support
4. C-clamp rack
5. Handscrew-clamp organizer

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Spring-clamp holder

Spring-clamp holder

1 Simple, sturdy, spring-clamp holder

A backboard with protruding dowels does the job for supporting 4", 6", and 9"-long spring clamps. If you've got a similar assortment of these clamps, the rack shown here should suffice. If you've got quite a collection, extend the board or make two or more holders as needed.

We don't recommend extending the dowels longer than dimensioned on the drawing. Extended too far, they can get bumped and broken.


 

Bar clamp support

Bar clamp support

2 Home for Bar clamps

The slots in this quick-and-easy holder allow you to store your sliding-head clamps in perfect order by simply resting the head on the horizontal support. Without the slots, you'd have to tighten the jaws to hold a clamp in place, and then loosen the jaws when you want to remove the clamp from the holder.

To make the slots, cut the horizontal support to shape, rout 3/8" round-overs along the edges and corners, and mark the notches 15/8" on center. Mount a 3/8" dado blade to your tablesaw, and raise the blade 2" above the saw table. Mount a wood extension to your miter gauge, and make the cuts where marked. As shown in the photo on page 10, we built and placed three racks end to end. You could also lengthen the two parts, and cut the number of slots needed to match your supply of clamps.

For Quick-Grip clamps, we found that an extended version (2 3/4" more from front to back) of the rack used to support our sliding-head clamps works wonderfully. The front support with its numerous slots holds the clamps upright and keeps them from dinging the wall.


 

C-clamp support

C-clamp support

3 Nifty support for locking C-clamps

Projects often require clamping pressure applied several inches in from the outside edges for a good bond. When this happens, we turn to our locking C-clamps, the largest of which has a throat depth of over 15". To hang our collection of locking C-clamps, we found this screw-together support an organizer's dream.


 

Notch shelf for C-clamps

Notch shelf for C-clamps

4 All-in-a-row C-clamp rack

When the job calls for plenty of clamping pressure, no-nonsense C-clamps provide the answer. To hang and organize this type of clamp, build our four-piece wall-mounted hanger with its notched front support. The notches allow you to hang the clamps on the rack without having to tighten them.


 

Handscrew-clamp organizer

Handscrew-clamp organizer

5 Handscrew-clamp hangout

If there was ever a simpler organizer for handscrew clamps, we haven't seen it. Just cut the support extension (A) to fit between the threaded rods of the clamp, chamfer the outside end of the support, and securely mount it to the backboard (B). We've found that about four clamps per support is a full load.


 

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