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How to Build a Quick and Easy Clamp Rack

quick and easy clamp rack

A couple months back I had accumulated quite a few clamps, especially F style clamps, and had run out of room on my clamp rack.  One of these days I want to build an all in one clamp rack solution but I am far from done acquiring clamps and am not ready at this point.  So, I needed to come up with something quick so I could at least declutter my shop.  This is what I came up with:

Clamps Racks

It’s about as simple of a solution as I could imagine.  My shop has plywood walls so I could get away with using just a single piece of scrap 3/4″ plywood.  If you don’t have plywood walls you can still make this out of a single piece or you could attach another piece and then attach that piece to the wall.  More on that later.  Let’s get to the build.

Materials and Tools

Lumber and Sheet Goods

  • 1 – 18″ x 3″ x 3/4″ plywood

Hardware and Fasteners (per 18″ clamp rack)

Tools I will be using in this build

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The Design

There’s not much to this rack.  Just a single piece of scrap plywood.  Here is a layout of all the cuts you will need to make:

cut layout

Let’s Get to Building

I started out by marking all of the cuts on the piece of plywood based on the dimensions above.

marking the center of the slots

marking the holes

Once everything was marked I made my way to the drill press and drilled out the ends of all of the slots.

drilling the holes

I then struck lines on each side of the holes where I will make cuts with the bandsaw.

marking the cut lines

I used my bandsaw to cut out all of the slots.  My bandsaw is only 10″ so I had to make half the cuts one way and then flip the piece over and make the rest of the cuts.  You can also use a jigsaw to cut the slots.

cutting the slots at the bandsaw

I used my Kreg K4 jig to drill five pocket holes along the bottom of the rack.

drilling the pocket holes

It’s not necessary but I hit each side of the rack with my orbital sander just to clean it up a bit.

sanding

I positioned the rack on the wall and drove in the middle mounting screw.

mounting the rack

Once it was secure to the wall I leveled it and then drove in the rest of the screws.

leveling the rack

adding more screws

That’s pretty much it.  All that was left was filling it up with clamps.

the completed clamp rack

It took a total of about 45 minutes to make this rack and that included having to set the camera up for all of the shots.  All in all, a quick build.

quick and easy clamp rack

What if you don’t have plywood walls?

There’s two ways to mount these if you don’t have plywood walls.

Option 1

If you’re just using this for smaller F style clamps then just use those longer Kreg screws I specified in the materials list and make sure you drive them into studs.  The racks are 18″ wide so, assuming your studs are 16″ on center, you should be able to get them secured into two studs.  You might drive one screw in the middle just to help with sagging but I don’t think that’s necessary.

Option 2

Cut another piece of 18″ x 3″ plywood and mount the rack to that which you can then mount to the wall with a couple 2″ #8 screws into the studs.

clamp rack with optional backer

Wrap Up

These racks were beyond simple to make but they sure did help me get organized.  I posted a pic of these to a couple forums I frequent and some people called out the strength of the pocket hole screws.  I decided to put them to the test and loaded one up with 10 of my 24″ Bessey REVO K Body clamps.  I’d guess they weigh at least 10 pounds and the rack held up fine.

with bessey clamp

I am not saying I endorse loading these racks up with a bunch of heavy clamps but they seemed to hold up fine under the load of my Besseys.

What do you all think of these racks?  Do you have a simple solution for your clamps?  Lemme know in the comments down below.

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