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@CharleyL -Charley, how about a picture, you're design for hanging clamps sounds interesting but I can't picture it in my head.
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Charley , I'm guilty. I'd like to see a if of your idea also

These are old pics . The red small besseys on the right rack are relocated elsewhere in the shop , and there all blue now in lengths from 8" to 36" .
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Something like the first photo, with 2x4 sections instead of the triangular gussets?

I'm thinking something like the second photo using dowels when I rework my Rockler clamp rack - make the dowels long enough to fit 6 - 8 clamps. Putting them side by side seems to eat up a lot of real estate by comparison.
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Something like the first photo, with 2x4 sections instead of the triangular gussets?

I'm thinking something like the second photo using dowels when I rework my Rockler clamp rack - make the dowels long enough to fit 6 - 8 clamps. Putting them side by side seems to eat up a lot of real estate by comparison.
That's an idea I had seen before . I do have duplicate sizes (4 of each) , so that would be an improvement storage wise . I hate to discard the ones I made ,as I was all proud of them lol . Was even going to put led lights in them .
I'm thinking that if I start purchacing pipe clamps , that I'll follow that design .

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Hey Rick, I have the same drill press as you. For clamps, I screw a 2 x 3 to the studs and then just clamp it with my clamps and I made a similar triangular bracket for the pipe clamps. Simple, affordable and it does the job.
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The main problem with any form of storage that hides what you have is that every time you need something hidden in a drawer or cabinet you have to spend time opening drawers or doors looking for it.

My best single investment for my cluttered shop was a label strategy. I started by giving every cabinet door and every drawer front a big visible letter/number. If on my east wall the numbers went left to right, up to down and had an E preceding the number. E1 through E15. I have a 1 wide x 3 tall array of drawers under my lathe table. They are labeled from L1 to L3. L for Lathe. Cabinet doors on the south wall run from S1 to S8. I spent two days opening every door and drawer and made a list of what was behind/in it. As I have PC in my shop that is normally always on (it runs my CNC) I wrote down all the hiding items in a notepad .TXT file, each on their own line, and each item next to the label of where it was hiding. This is a lengthy file but all I need to do to find anything I have hiding is hit CTRL-F for find and type in the item name. Find shows me each item that matches what I typed in, but only one at a time. As I have more than one of many things I also wrote a simple basic program that will search the same .TXT file then list every match of any word I type in. Typing in "router" find my router bits, router wrenches, router collets, etc.. Typing in "Dewalt" finds/lists every Dewalt product I own. I never have to open more than one door or drawer now to find what I'm looking for.

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Wow 4D , that almost sounds OCD . I love it ! Can't wait to see your shop once holograms are common place lol

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OCD perhaps if that stands for Old Cranky Dave. When my ex and I got married almost 20 years ago it meant combining two lives worth of belongings into one small house. We then found ourselves packing up to move 4 times in the following 5 years. First move everything went quickly into unmarked boxes and then took 3 months to sort out an put away once in our new house. Second move we wrote room names on the boxes. Only took a month to get unpacked this time. Third move I added a 3x5 card to each box/rubbermaid bin with the contents listed on it. That let us find anything that was in a box or bin with a quick glance at the cards on them. Still not ideal as you might need to glance at 20 cards before finding the one you wanted. Now the wife is gone and she only took the cream of what she owned with her. I still own the house, but it is 2 bedrooms too big to be efficient in any way. I have a 40' x 20' garage shop where my big tools live. I also have converted a basement game room into another shop space for my Meteor CNC and a few other benchtop tools. The previous owner left dark plywood cabinets floor to ceiling along 2 sides of the garage though and I was spending far too much time opening doors to find anything in them. My database idea was simply a desperate attempt to compensate for my aging memory. Random searches of it often finds items I forgot I had. It quickly answers that "I thought I has one of those ..." queries with an affirmative Yes or No Data Found so I can move on without feeling the angry need to search every cabinet and drawer.

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I wish I was half as organized as you 4D . Sounds like you've got some great ideas . I'll worry about organizing more after my shops insulated lol

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I attached several of my shop made storage solutions. The first pic is my parallel clamp rack. Each row holds 4 clamps. Currently I have 16 clamps on that rack, with room for 8 more. Pic #2 is the drawer unit in the bench. I made that last summer. This has gone a LONG way to make my bench area MUCH more organized. Finally my hand tool cabinet. I built the main cabinet 4-5 years ago. The cabinet back and door backs are thick ply wood (1/2 in the doors, 3/4 in the cabinet) which allows me to securely screw in the various hangers. This allows me to add and rearrange tools as my collection continues to grow.
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