Spring-in clamp rack hangs between studs
In need of a place to hang clamps, I suddenly had an idea: Use the space between my shop's exposed wall studs. Begin by cutting a dowel 1" longer than the space between the wall studs. Mark 1" from the dowel's end and drill a hole through the dowel to fit a 10d nail (with the head trimmed off). Epoxy the nail into the hole, and then place a compression spring over the end, abutting the nail. Drill holes in mirrored faces of the studs, slip the dowel's spring-covered end into a hole, and let the spring push the dowel tight into the opposite hole.
—Ralph Mullally, La Crescent, Minn.