Condo Blues: How to Make a Pallet Wood Clamp Storage Rack

Sunday, May 15, 2016

How to Make a Pallet Wood Clamp Storage Rack

The small downside to insulating the garage walls is I lost my free wood clamp storage organizer. I can’t store my clamps on wall stud like I used to now that they are filled with insulation.
Currently my wood clamps are stored in a pile of stuff on top of my workbench. At least I think they are. There is too much junk on top of the workbench to tell. Sigh.

During Operation: Clean and Organize my Workbench and Clear My Recycled Materials Stash, I added a woodworking clamp storage rack is a quick and easy wood pallet stash bust project that took practically no time and with very few tools to make to my punch list.

Quick and Easy Workbench Woodworking Clamp Rack


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You will need:

Wood pallet board – Mine is a wood scrap 17 inches long by 4 inches wide

Sander and sand paper

2 L brackets or shelf brackets and screws


Paint – optional

How to Make it:

1. Cut the board to your desired length if needed. I went with the size board I did because all of my clamps will fit on it with a little room to grow and I didn’t have to to cut it. I can’t emphasize enough the desire not to haul out the miter saw and kick up sawdust when I had paint drying on another product.

2. Use the sander and sand paper to sand the board smooth if needed and desired. As pallet wood goes, this board was fairly smooth and didn’t need much in the way of sanding since I am basically making a shelf. I sanded it anyway. Rough edges make me cranky.

I did my sanding outside of the garage because I have a first generation Mouse detail sander that doesn't’ have a dust collection bag. The newer Mouse sanders do. I can’t tell you how much I recommend them for small jobs like this! I included an affiliate link for your convenience if you want to check out the Mouse detail sander here.

3. Optional: Paint the clamp holder and hanging hardware as desired. I used this project as a paint stash bust opportunity that conveniently unifies and hides the mishmash of scrap wood I used to make a bunch of workshop organizers.

 Paint is the Great Unifier!

Since I was in a painting mood, I pulled out my super fancy small object paint risers – reused spray paint caps – and gave the L brackets a quick coat of black spray paint for pretty much the same reason I painted the clamp rack.

4. Use the screwdriver to screw the L brackets the side of the workbench.

5. Use the screwdriver to screw the board to the top of the L brackets.

6. Load it up with your wood clamps and organize your workshop!

 Quick, easy, cheap, and the perfect height for a short gal like me.

I’m glad I went with the size board I did. Knowing how I work, I’d probably junk up the empty space with tools I didn’t put away properly so this size will keep me honest when it comes to clean up and organization.

I can easily expand it in the future as I buy more clamps in various sizes. Not bad for a zero dollar free project!

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