Pipe Clamp Rack Plans
How To Make A Pipe Clamp Rack – DIY Project Ideas
A great way to save your time and money is making a pipe clamp rack. You can use it for storing all kinds of tools, from pliers to screwdrivers. Here are some good ideas:
1) The easiest way to make a pipe clamp rack is using 2×4’s. These will work perfectly with any size of clamps you need.
2) If you want to make a larger clamping surface, then you might consider using 1/8″ plywood instead of the 2×4. Plywood is stronger than 2×4 and will hold up better against wear and tear. However, plywood won’t look as nice when finished. (See photo below.)
3) For a smaller clamping surface, you could use 1/16″ plywood or even just regular drywall screws!
4) You could also use PVC pipes instead of 2×4. They’re not quite as strong as the other materials mentioned above, but they’ll still hold up well against wear and tear.
5) Finally, if you have access to 1/8″ plywood or drywall screws, then you could build a pipe clamp rack out of them!
How To Make A Pipe Clamp Rack – How Do I Measure?
4) Finally, if you have a large workshop or garage, then you could build a small pipe clamp rack out of 3/4″ MDF. This would give you plenty of room for all your clamps and other tools.
The above diagram shows the various types of clamps that can fit into different sizes of pipes. There are many different designs available for pipe clamp racks so it is really hard to choose one that fits all your needs.
We all know that pipe clamp racks are great. It can be a pain to make them, though. So, here’s a handy guide to help you make your own pipe clamp rack!
First things first, you need to measure your tools. The size of the tool will be the size of the pipe clamp rack. If you’re using 1/4 inch steel pipes for clamping then you’ll need to make it slightly bigger than the tool in order to fit it in.
The key to building a clamping surface is that it should be tall enough for you to work with clamps at the top and bottom, while still allowing you to fit your hand comfortably inside the pipe.
While working with dowels and glue I decided that I wanted 1-1/2″ pipe for the base. This way I could use 1-1/2″ PVC caps to connect everything together. I had a bunch of 1-1/2″ steel pipes that I got in the plumbing section of Home Depot.
I cut a bunch of those in half for the top and bottom rows. Then I bought a ton of 1-1/2″ PVC caps and some 1-1/2 adapter pieces. (Forgot to count how many, oops)
Here’s the clamp rack before painting it.
Here it is after painting it. I used Krylon Fusion paint in black, which appears to be quite durable.
I used some spare 1-1/2″ wide leather that I had laying around to wrap around the top and bottom pieces. I also cut out some holes at the ends for the handle of the clamps to stick through.
I’ve been using this thing for a few months now and it works great.
If you’re wondering how I made the holes at the ends, I used a Forstner bit at an angle to make the hole. Then I used a step bit to drill it out. This took me a few hours to do since I’m quite the perfectionist.
The total cost for this pipe clamp rack was around $35.00 USD. I used Rustoleum Hammered Black for the base and sides. I sprayed 5 coats on each side, letting it dry about 10-15 minutes between coats.
The top piece is a 1/4″ MDF board that I stained with Minwax Ebony Finish to create a nice contrast. After it dried, I used PlastiDip on the top and bottom edges for a rubber grip. Then I spray painted the PlastiDip with the same paint as the base.
I used a Forstner bit to drill holes on an angle into the top piece. This makes the clamping handles easily accessible while keeping them out of the way when you’re not using them.
I hope you enjoyed this article and it helped you make your own pipe clamp rack!
A multi-meter is quite handy to have when working with electricity. I got this one at Home Depot for about $12.00 USD. It has a nice rubberized grip and works great for testing continuity, open circuits, and short circuits.
If you REALLY want to be safe, you can also get one of these. They’re called a GFCI (short for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter). If you have any questions, please ask in the comments.
If you don’t feel like spending money on a GFCI, then please at least use your multi-meter to test the outlets. Any reading other than a 0 means there is a short or some other problem with that outlet.
We need to talk about safety before we begin!
Safety is important, and it needs to be taken seriously. If you are experiencing difficulty with any of these steps, then stop and seek help before continuing.
Sources & references used in this article:
- Pipe clamp with U-shaped stirrup (M Carbonare, R Loose, J Dischinger – US Patent 6,138,960, 2000 – Google Patents)
- Pipe attaching apparatus (DE Workman – US Patent 6,464,180, 2002 – Google Patents)
- Pipe clamp (Z Hans – US Patent 3,330,517, 1967 – Google Patents)
- Pipe clamp arrangement (CR Nicolia, CA Majocka – US Patent 6,679,460, 2004 – Google Patents)
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- Pipe clamp (KY Lee – US Patent App. 14/384,411, 2015 – Google Patents)
- Pipe clamp mechanism and method (MJ Flusche – US Patent 8,944,158, 2015 – Google Patents)
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