Hey, guys! I just finished up a parallel clamp rack for the shop and I love this thing! I used a stacked approach vs. the typical side by side approach and it offers some massive space savings (I got the idea from Dyami from Penultimate Woodshop).
The rack is 38-3/4” wide and will fit 24 parallel clamps stacked 6 deep in 4 bays. It will also hold 12 bar clamps stacked 6 deep in 2 bays. If you used the side by side method you’d need 48” just for the parallels alone! I also made a top to it so I can use the upper shelf for some added storage.
- 3/4" Plywood
- Cordless drill
- Pocket hole jig
Read the instructable here and you can also get a download of the free plans with measured drawings over at my website:
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Step 1: Cut the Sides for the Clamp Rack
Cut two sides out of 3/4" plywood. The sides are 14" long at the longest, and 12" wide. Draw a line connecting 14" down one side and 6-3/4" down the other side. Connect these lines and use a t-bevel to translate the angle to your tablesaw miter gauge. You could also cut this line with a circular saw.
Step 2: Cut and Assemble Clamp Support Pieces
Cut 5 triangles with 8" and 10" straight sides. Cut 5 support arms that are 12" long with 3 being 5-1/2" wide and the other 2 being 3" wide.
Drill pocket holes in the 8" side of the triangle and on one of the short sides of the support arms. These will be used to attach the supports to the back later.
Center, glue, and screw the support arms to the triangles on the 10" side of the triangles.
Step 3: Attach Sides and Side Supports to the Back
Cut a left side support to 1-1/2" and a 1" cleat. Join the two together to form an L-bracket and attach to the left side piece, 5" down from the top.
Repeat this for the right side with a 4-1/4" support and 1" cleat. Attach 5" down from the top of the right side piece.
Cut a back piece to 38-3/4" long and 14" wide. Secure the side pieces to the back with 1-5/8" wood screws.
Step 4: Add Top and Attach Interior Support Arms
Cut a 38-3/4" long by 12-3/4" wide top and secure it to the back and sides with 1-5/8" screws.
Attach the interiors support arm assemblies made in step 2 to the back with 1-1/4" pocket screws. The assemblies should be 5" down from the top and inline with the side supports. Each assembly should be spaced 1-1/2" from the other to provide room for the clamps.
Step 5: Mount the Clamp Rack and Add Clamps
Mount the clamp rack to your wall. Make sure you hit at least 3 studs and use 3" wood screws. I suggest 3 screws per stud for a total of 9 screws.
Add in all your clamps and be amazed at how organized your shop just became!
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