Your workshop can easily turn into the clutter capital of your home. And clamps of every description are easy to lose and hard to find, especially when you're right in the middle of a project! Never again, thanks to this great collection of clever storage tips for your pipe clamps, bar clamps, pony clamps and more.
This handy under-mount rack keeps your clamps right where you
need them. Simply cut a series of 1-1/4-in.-diameter holes along
the center line of a 2x6 and then rip the 2x6 in half to create the
Next, screw 1x4 sides and top to the cradle and
screw it to the bottom of your workbench.
Store bar and pipe clamps right under your
workbench where they'll always be
close at hand. Just screw sections
of 4-in.-diameter PVC pipe
under your workbench
and slide the
clamps into the pipe.
Here's a slick snap-in, snap-out storage rack made from PVC pipe.
For 1/2-in.-diameter iron pipe, use 3/4-in. PVC,
and for 3/4-in.-diameter pipe use1-in. PVC.
To make the rack, cut 2-in.
lengths of PVC, and with a hacksaw
or band saw, slice them lengthwise
about 3/16 in. past the diameter's
center line. This creates the gripping
action to firmly hold the
heavy iron pipe.
Drill and countersink
two holes in each PVC piece,
then space and screw them along a
pair of 2-in.-wide boards. Attach
the upper board to your shop
wall and snap a pipe clamp in
either end to position the lower
board for screwing to the wall.
That's it. You've shaped AWOL pipe
clamps into an orderly arsenal.
Since these caps screw tightly on 3/4-in.
pipe threads, you can use them to store
your pipe clamps on a shop wall. Drill
holes in the top of the caps, tighten eye
bolts in the holes with nuts on both
sides, then attach them to your clamps
and hang them up.
Cut two 12 x 16-in. pieces of 3/4-in. plywood
and temporarily screw or nail them face to face. Drill 1-1/4-in. holes (if
your pipes are 1 in. outside diameter), spaced 3 in. apart, through both pieces.
Pry the plywood apart, then screw them to two 16-in.-long pieces of 2x8 to
make an open-ended box. Add a couple of narrow 3/4-in. boards on the bottom
for feet, then set the box in a convenient spot along a shop wall. To keep it
from sliding, attach it to the studs with screws driven through the 2x8s.
Clamps scattered and hard to find when
you need them most? Here's a way to keep
them in one spot. Hang bar
clamps on horizontal
scraps of 2x4 screwed
between open wall
or two for glue
C - clamps
holes in the
studs and install
lengths of 3/16-in.
threaded rod, tensioned
with 1/4-in. fender
washers and nuts.
You'll love this bar clamp rack because you can holster pony
clamps securely without tightening the lower jaw against the
rack. Just drop in the clamp and pull it out when needed.
Notch the top piece of 1/2-in. plywood with the keyhole-shaped
cutouts as shown, then screw it to the bottom piece of plywood.
Make brackets from scrap wood and screw the rack to the wall.
Build this rack from scrap pieces
of 2x4 and a 3/4-in.-thick backer
board of whatever length you need.
Cut 6-in. lengths of 2x4, with 45-
degree corners on the bottom ends
so it's easier to slide the clamps into
the rack. Measure the O.D. (outside
diameter) of your pipes, then add 1/8
in. for clearance between blocks.
Space and screw the 2x4s along the
backer board, creating gaps 1/8 in.
wider than the pipe's outside diameter.
Finally, screw the backer board to
the wall and load it up!
Keep your spring clamps springy for a lifetime!
Don't store them
clamped on a board;
the springs will lose
their tension. Instead,
keep them on a metal
towel rod ($3 at a home
center). With the towel
rod roost, you'll always
know where to find
these useful clamps in
the heat of production.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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