1) An episode of the New Yankee Workshop where Norm made a huge rolling clamp storage system with angled dowels for storing smaller clamps; and
2) Zanshin's use of hose clamps in his Wood Slab Instructable
I combined the angled dowels from Norm's storage system and mounted it using hose clamps to my workshop shelf. I'd just like to note that I'm dissatisfied with the quality of my execution on this project. However, it still functions and I thought it might serve as an inspiration to someone who is more skilled than I. So here it is.
Step 1: Materials
- A scrap board
- A 7/16" dowel rod
- 2 hose clamps
- 2 screws with wide and flat heads
Step 2: Tools
- A drill press with movable deck
- A hand drill
- Drill bit sizer
- Drill bits and drill bit stop
- A Dremel w/ cutting wheel
- A cicular saw
- A jig saw
- A screw driver
- Measuring tape
Step 3: Sizing the Rack
Clamp your board down and transfer the measurement to the board.
Cut with your circular saw. Now make sure you transfer the line the whole width of the board. Don't say to yourself "With the neat laser site I should be able to maintain the line". And then when the line disappears at the halfway point don't say to yourself "I can hold it steady for a measly 3 inches". You'll end up with a not so straight edge. Trust me.
Step 4: Determine and Mark Dowel Positions
Figure out how far up the board you to mount the dowels. I'm sure someone could develop a formula for maximum strength and weight distribution of the clamps. I just made an arbitrary choice. Use a straight edge and pencil to mark a straight line down the length of the board.
I determined the spacing between dowels by laying my two largest clamps next to each other. They are about 6" wide at their widest point. I marked the point where I wanted the dowel to pass through the clamp on the board. My board is only 16.5" long so a third dowel 6" away is out of the question. I just eyeballed the final dowel placement. I plan on using this dowel for small clamps. This way the clamps won't stick out past the edge of the shelf unit.
Step 5: Dowel Holes Part 1 - the Ends
Determine the thickness of your board. Then set the depth gauge of the drill press to slightly less than this depth.
Adjust the deck of your drill press so it is tilted at a slight angle. I chose 10 degrees. Then clamp your board in place with bit directly over the first dowel hole. Drill out the hole.
You need to repeat this process for the dowel hole on the opposite end of the board. However, you will have to change the angle of the deck so that both dowels are angled in the same direction. If you just flip the board around the dowels will point in opposite directions. For instance since I drilled the first end on a 10 degree slope to the left I drilled the other end on a 10 degree slope to the right.
Step 6: Dowels Holes Part 2 - the Middle
If you attempt this stop when you meet the slightest resistance. Don't think to yourself "I couldn't have gotten to the stop already!" and push harder. This is the blunder that nearly caused me not publish.
Step 7: Dowels
Step 8: Hose Clamp Attachement
Hold your board up to your shelving unit as it will sit. Use a pencil to mark the sides of the shelf supports the hose clamps will fit around.
Once you've marked the columns, find the half way point between the marks, and drill a pilot hole. BEFORE YOU DRILL the pilot hole make sure you aren't going to drill into the dowel holes on the other side. If the two conflict adjust the hose clamp mounting point up or down.
With the pilot hole drilled hold the hose clamp in position over the hole in the orientation you want to mount the clamp in. Use a marker to mark this spot. Then use a Dremel with a cut off wheel to cut out the marked portion of the hose clamp.
With the hose clamp modified attach it to the board using a screw with a wide flat head. Repeat for the other hose clamp.
Step 9: Mount and Insert Dowels
Work the ends of your hose clamps around the support columns. Thread the clamps back together and then tighten with a screw driver. Repeat for the other clamp.
Now that the base of the rack is mounted twist the dowels into the holes and pound into place with your mallet. Once the dowels are in place hang your clamps for easy access