Pipe clamps are heavy and cumbersome, which makes them […]
Pipe clamps are heavy and cumbersome, which makes them difficult to store, but in a couple hours you can build this simple rack that will keep your clamps off the floor and within easy reach.
As your woodworking skills grow, so will your collection of pipe clamps, since you'll need them to secure large wood projects as glue dries. But pipe clamps require a significant amount of space to store and should be kept off the ground and in a location where they are easy to access. Hanging them against the wall is a great solution, and there are plans to build a rack using scrap lumber and just a few tools.
First, select the location for your rack and make sure you have enough height that the clamps will clear anything below them. You'll also want the clamps to be tucked out of the way but not so hidden they are hard to reach.
Next, line up your pipe clamps and measure the width needed between each clamp on the rack. They should be close to each other but with enough room that they slide in and out of the rack with ease.
2 x 3 or 2 x 4 stock lumber can be used for the base of the rack, and 5/8-inch dowels work great as clamp holders. A forstner bit with a drill press creates exact sized holes at the proper depth and you can set the angle of the dowels slightly up by placing a small piece of stock underneath one end of the rack when drilling the holes.