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Mike - wondering about the clamp rack, specifically the support pieces. It appears that it is a simple butt joint with the back support. Are they just glued and screwed from the back or are they in a dado? Seems strong enough to hold those clamps. Also looks like you have a French cleat back there, at least the piece that is against the wall. Is that correct.

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Nice work Mike . I'm still kicking myself for the way I built mine . I love them , but there just using up too much real estate for what they actually do .
Shame to toss them though , as I was all proud of myself when I built them

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Mike - wondering about the clamp rack, specifically the support pieces. It appears that it is a simple butt joint with the back support. Are they just glued and screwed from the back or are they in a dado? Seems strong enough to hold those clamps. Also looks like you have a French cleat back there, at least the piece that is against the wall. Is that correct.
It is a butt joint that is glued and nailed in place. While not the strongest joint, it has held up well. If I had to do it again, I probably would route dados for them, but at the time I was going for quick and simple as the shop was a mess from finishing the hand tool cabinet, and as a result doing some reorganization. I had started out with a french cleat as the hand tool cabinet is also hanging on it. The back support didn't go down far enough to make the cleat secure enough and was very unstable. I ended up putting a couple screws in to hold it in better.
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Nice work Mike . I'm still kicking myself for the way I built mine . I love them , but there just using up too much real estate for what they actually do .
Shame to toss them though , as I was all proud of myself when I built them
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My little shop 10x16 works for me. Could it be bigger, most definitely!! But then I'd just put more tools and it and still be crowded. ;o)
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The picture is of how I hung my heavy duty parallel clamps. They are hung on double hooks on pegboard. The small clamps are hung 4 to a straight hanger on the pegboard. I have another set of aluminum shaft clamps that are much lighter, but hung the same way. Notice how they overlap, so you can store a lot of clamps in a small space. All my clamps are within 2-3 steps of my workbench. I was about to retire my one handed clamps, but came to my senses. Working on a place to store these.
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