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Overhead Clamp Rack

Here’s a quick and easy way to store clamps in your small shop. Take advantage of unused space by building an overhead clamp storage rack. The rack stores a wide variety of bar clamps in one convenient place, up and out of the way. Short lengths of PVC pipe held in the rack serve as compartments to store each clamp individually. And the pipes are all lined up side by side so there’s easy access to the exact size of clamp you need.

Use the plan sketch to get an idea of how the storage rack goes together. We suggest you start with 2x4 stock and used a hole saw to cut the holes for the pipe. Then, rip the workpieces in half. That way, the rails grip the pipe tightly when they’re screwed back together. Then connect the assembly to a pair of plywood ends with your Kreg Jig®. The ends are what you’ll use to mount the rack to the ceiling joists. After hanging the rack, all that’s left to do is slide your bar clamps into the pipe. Quick and easy storage which saves space and keeps your clamps within reach but never in the way.

Basement Stair Storage

For those with limited room for lumber storage, there might be some great storage space hiding right in front of your eyes. In order to squeeze as much storage as possible into your limited shop space, how about building lumber rack under the basement stairs. To do this, erect 2x4 posts from the basement floor to the top of the stair stringers. Then, Attach some 1x2 cleats between these posts and the stringers. The cleats run to the back of the riser and are screwed to the inside faces of the posts and the stringers.

Next, cut shelves out of 3⁄4"-thick plywood and place them on top of the cleats. A good idea here is to not attach them permanently in case you need to remove them for alternative storage later. Finally, label the depth of each shelf on the post next to it. The different depths of shelves helps keep everything sorted. This way, you can store longer pieces of lumber on the lower shelves, and have a place for shorter cutoffs on the top shelves.

Note: This tip works best if your basement stairs are located in the center of the room so you’ll have enough open area to pull out sheets and boards.

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