Space Saving Bar Clamp Rack
By: Erich Lage
Keeping clamps sorted and close at hand is a win-win for any shop.
Having accumulated a number of Bessey F-style bar clamps over the years, I eventually came to realize that stacking them on the shelf underneath my workbench wasn’t the ideal storage option. They were difficult to get to, and I always managed to knock a couple off the shelf when picking them up. Since I had some free wall space available, I decided to make this simple storage rack to get my clamps out from underneath my workbench and make them more accessible. As you can see above, I positioned the brackets based on the length of the clamp bars. That kept the longer bar clamps from interfering with the clamp brackets below. My storage rack allows clamps to be “stacked” in each pair of brackets to save space. The design of the single- and double-layer brackets cradle the Bessey F-style bar clamps perfectly. The brackets are made from plywood and are fastened to the base panel with screws from the back side.