Build Three Clamp Racks from Scraps

These clamp racks were another project that I put off for far too long considering how simple they are to make. So while cleaning up the shop before our next workbench build, I decided that it was time to build homes for all the clamps I had scattered around the shop.

Three clamp racks filled with clamps.

The first pair of clamp racks will hold 12 smaller F-Clamps each. I started these by cutting a few pieces of scrap 3/4" MDF to length and width at the table saw.

A piece of MDF is cut on a table saw.

I then marked where the mounting screws will go on the back piece based on the 16" stud spacing in my shop. I also marked the location of the rear of each slot on the top piece.

A pencil and square are used to mark on a piece of MDF.
A pencil and ruler are used to mark on a piece of MDF.

Next, I drilled the slot holes in the top using a bit that was just a little larger than the width of the bar on the largest clamp.

A drill press is used to drill holes in a piece of MDF.

After marking the slot locations with a square, I headed over to the band saw and cut the slots out.

A square is used to mark slot locations.
A bandsaw is used to cut slots in a piece of MDF.

Once that was finished I cleaned up the bottoms of the slots with a file and some sandpaper.

A file is used to clean the edge of a slot in MDF.

Assembly was pretty simple. I ran a bead of glue along the top of the back piece and used several 2" nails in my nail gun to attach the top to the back.

Glue is applied to the edge of a piece of MDF.
A nailgun is used to attach the top to the back.

I then counter-sunk and predrilled holes for the mounting screws and rounded over the front edges a bit with a sanding block.

A drill press is used to make counter-sunk holes in the back of the rack.
A sanding pad is used on the front edge of the rack.

To finish the racks I used a couple of coats of spray paint and then mounted them to the wall with a pair of cabinet screws.

A drill is used to insert a screw into the rack.

The second rack is just a longer version of the first, but it will hold 14 large F-Clamps including Bessey K-Body parallel clamps.

A long piece of MDF is cut at the table saw.

The main differences were the larger drill bit size used for the slots, some heavier duty mounting screws, and having to use a jigsaw to cut the center-most slots as the back was too long to fit through the bandsaw.

A drill press is used to drill large holes in the top of the rack.
A jigsaw is used to cut slots in the top of the rack.

Since the bar widths on these clamps were a bit different, I oversized the slots a little and added small pieces of felt pads used to protect hardwood floors from furniture.

Scissors are used to cut a piece of felt pad.
A felt pad is applied to the inside of the slot.

This worked quite well, but another option would be to simply glue a thin strip of wood or hardboard to the front edge to make a lip prior to cutting the slots.

A rendering of a clamp rack.

The final rack, which holds 12-14 quick-clamps, is a little different as these clamps don't fit into the F-Clamp style racks. I cut the back and sides at the table saw and then beveled the front edge of the sides a bit at the bandsaw.

A table saw is used to cut the rack pieces.
A band saw is used to cut a bevel on the rack side.

Next, I used a 5/8" Forstner bit at the drill press to make a 1/2" deep hole in the sides to hold a piece of dowel.

A drill press is used to make a hole in the rack side.

To finish the assembly, I used a bit of glue and clamped the pieces together for a few minutes.

Glue is applied to the side edges of the back.
A clamp is used to secure the rack sides to the back.

I then finished it up by attaching the sides to the back with a few nails.

A nailgun is used to attach the side to the back of the rack.

After a little more paint, it was finally time to move all the clamps off the floor and into their new homes.

The final clamp rack.
The final clamp rack.
The final clamp rack.

Materials and Hardware

Tools Used

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Plans

Plans for all three clamp racks are available as PDFs or SketchUp files.