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My ‘workshop’ is small. Very small. It’s a 6x8‘ shed, which I’ve managed to cram all Sorts of machines into.

currently I have my clamps just sitting in a corner and they are kind of in the way, but I can’t come Up with a way of storing them that’s sufficiently compact that I’m happy to go ahead and make.

I wondered if anyone else has had any ideas or success with similarly cramped areas and clamps.

thanks in advance.
 

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My ‘workshop’ is small. Very small. It’s a 6x8‘ shed, which I’ve managed to cram all Sorts of machines into.

currently I have my clamps just sitting in a corner and they are kind of in the way, but I can’t come Up with a way of storing them that’s sufficiently compact that I’m happy to go ahead and make.

I wondered if anyone else has had any ideas or success with similarly cramped areas and clamps.

thanks in advance.
If it's a shed type construction just a piece of 2x1 screwed into the studs with 3" screws will suffice.
 

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Is there no way you can clamp them horizontally to the roof of the shed, on a 50X50 lenght of wood?
 

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I had an 8 by 10 shed at our previous property. I always clamped my clamps to one of the roof joists or collars. Now I have a slightly larger shed, at about 10 by 16, I still do the same. I can pretty much always reach a quick grip clamp in an emergency.
 

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I added two cross members to the roof (like the centre of an ‘A’ to allow for more wood storage up there, unfortunately that means less room for clamps! I’ll have a think!!

The hinged Pinterest idea is interesting, I wonder if it would still be too big thoufh
 

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A little outside of the box ( literally) but could you make a storage rack on one of the outside walls of your shed as 6 x 8 wow 🤩 any space saved inside will give you more workspace . You could then make it a feature and with a bit of water proofing and a couple of locks your clamps will be accessible but never in the way . In my workshop I had previously built a storage rack for my power tools and my vinyl collection- sick of moving clamps out of the way and limited space led me to build this ( see photos)
 

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I had an 8 by 10 shed at our previous property. I always clamped my clamps to one of the roof joists or collars. Now I have a slightly larger shed, at about 10 by 16, I still do the same. I can pretty much always reach a quick grip clamp in an emergency.
Similar solution for me I have several lengths of scrap boards screwed to the ceiling and all my trigger clamps are just, err, clamped on - being tall I can just reach up to take one/return one - the 6 1m sash cramps hang on the wall with some 2 x 2 blocks on a backing board, cramps hang for the screw end in slots between each block. The mini clamps and MFT stuff is in a plastic bin on a shelf above the MFT.
 

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My shed is only 8’ x 10’ extermal with a bare 6’-6” headroom to the roof joists. I store clamps locked onto the roofplate and any other convenient bit of timber where I won’t bash my head on them. Small 3” and 4” clamps I tend to lock onto the edge of narrow shelves.
 

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I thought this was a neat idea
Most all clamp racks seem to be for all the same brand/type of clamps. My problem is that I have a mix/match selection of clamps. I installed brackets of wood on each of the studs in my shed. They are 20 inches apart. I bored holes in them just big enough to put 1 inch pvc through them so that it ran horizontally from one end of the shed to the other. I can now hang all of my clamps from it leaving space below for other things. Sorry, no picture. If someone wants one, I'll post one later upon request.
 

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Most all clamp racks seem to be for all the same brand/type of clamps. My problem is that I have a mix/match selection of clamps. I installed brackets of wood on each of the studs in my shed. They are 20 inches apart. I bored holes in them just big enough to put 1 inch pvc through them so that it ran horizontally from one end of the shed to the other. I can now hang all of my clamps from it leaving space below for other things. Sorry, no picture. If someone wants one, I'll post one later upon request.
Yes I agree most of us have different makes of clamps so I think it may be that the op needs a mixed approach
 

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Yes I agree most of us have different makes of clamps so I think it may be that the op needs a mixed approach
I agree. Also, I'm wondering just who can afford the Bessey style of bar clamps etc? I'd love to have some of them but at 79 years of age, it would be a very bad investment. Nice for my heirs but not for me. I'll just have to muddle through with what I have.
 

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I agree. Also, I'm wondering just who can afford the Bessey style of bar clamps etc? I'd love to have some of them but at 79 years of age, it would be a very bad investment. Nice for my heirs but not for me. I'll just have to muddle through with what I have.
It depends on how you view 'investment' if it pleases you and greatly assists your hobby now, and you can afford it, then why worry?
 

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I sadly have quite a lot of space constraints - the loft is currently used as the sheet goods storage area. She is always delighted when I ask her to pass a board of 18mm birch ply up to me 😂
You need a new shed / workshop 😆
Surely your mrs will sacrifice the kitchen for your hobby? Go ask and report back 😆🤣😁


Thankyou all for those suggestions, a lot of them are rather ingenious. I shall have a look and see what I think might work.

@sometimewoodworker - you explained you use horizontal out, do you have any photographs of what you mean? thanks
 

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I sadly have quite a lot of space constraints - the loft is currently used as the sheet goods storage area. She is always delighted when I ask her to pass a board of 18mm birch ply up to me 😂



Thankyou all for those suggestions, a lot of them are rather ingenious. I shall have a look and see what I think might work.

@sometimewoodworker - you explained you use horizontal out, do you have any photographs of what you mean? thanks
The horizontal out are like this, though they should probably quite a bit deeper.
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as you can see they are on a locking French cleat system.
 

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