Shop Organization: clamp storage!

After returning from the Bahamas, I had a long list of projects and ideas that needed some attention.  But I discovered that finding other stuff to do first is almost inherent in operating a woodshop.  Case in point—I needed to work on a mirror frame that we had planned to create from trim.  Sounds simple enough, just measure and cut the trim and stain and install, right?

Well, I decided I wanted to cut the miters by hand.  I have a miter saw and a miter box (granted they are just the plastic versions from Stanley) and the thought of busting out the power miter saw for 8 cuts just seemed  but overwhelming.

How to accomplish this minor task?  Clamp the miter box to the bench and tally ho.  Well, I took a gander at the sorry state my clamps were in, attached as they were to shelves and any surface I could use to store them.  That just wasn’t going to cut it and it’s been bugging me for a while.

So  I cut a piece of off-cut 2×4 and screwed it into place on the side of one of the support braces for the shelves next to my bench.  It’s high enough up that the 36″ clamps don’t hang in the way, yet I can still get the 24″ clamps up there comfortably.

But what to do about the C clamps and quick-grip clamps?

Well, the C clamps attached to the 2×4 as well, up high and out of the way since they are used less often.  The solution for the smaller clamps was a piece of 2×4 off-cut from the bench top building, that I had trimmed with the circular saw back in teh summer.  It’s a about 1/2″ x 3/4″ and is perfect for the smaller clamps to just hang off.  I attached this strip to the shelf supports on the shelve below the upper one.

Here’s what it looks like.

And here’s the proximity to the bench.  So far I’ve found it’s a perfect match for my clamp stockpile (which is too small…of course) and for ease of use.  Aaaah, project complete.

Ooops.  I ran out of time to work on the mirror frame.


About Steven M. Vaught

A native son of Delaware, now living in Illinois, Steven is a writer, family historian, amateur astronomer, sometimes-gardener, woodworker, father to three wonderful children, husband to a wonderful wife, and caretaker of one cheeky vizsla.
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