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When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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- A – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 70″ long LEGS
- B – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 27″ long BRACES
- C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 21″ long, 2 pieces – 30″ long FRAME
- D – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 24″x30″ long BOTTOM
- E – 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 30″ long TOP SLAT
- F – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 12 1/2″ long SUPPORTS
- G – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 11 1/2″x27″ long SHELF
- 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 10 ft
- 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x4′
- 1 1/4″ screws
- 1 5/8″ screws
- 2 1/2″ screws
- filler, stain
Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level
Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander
How to build a clamp rack with casters
The first step of the project is to build the frame for the clamp rack from 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the 30″ slats and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components. Make sure the corners are square and add glue to the joints.
Attach 2″ caster wheels to the frame, as shown in the diagram. Align the caster wheels to the four corners of the frame and secure them into place using 1 1/4″ screws.
Next, you need to build the supports for the clamp rack. As you can notice in the diagram, you should cut both ends of the components at 82.2 degrees. Smooth the edges with sandpaper and remove the residues with a damp cloth.
Make a small notch to the top of the supports, as shown in the diagram. Mark the cut lines accurately, before making the cuts.
Next, you need to make notches to the bottom of the supports. Use a circular saw to get the job done to the bottom of the supports.
Continue the woodworking project by making the notches for the horizontal supports. Use a circular saw to make several parallel cuts to the marked areas. Use a chisel to remove the excess and smooth the surface with a damp cloth.
Attach the horizontal supports to the vertical one, as shown in the plans. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the edges are flush and check if the corners are square.
Next, you need to assemble the clamp rack, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the vertical supports and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the bottom frame. In addition, drill pilot holes through the top horizontal slat and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the vertical supports.
Build the supports for the middle shelf. Cut both ends of the 2×4 supports at 82.2 degrees. Drill pocket holes at both ends and secure them to the vertical supports using 2 1/2″ screws.
Build the shelves from 3/4″ plywood. Use a saw to make the notches to the bottom shelf.
Fit the shelves to the supports, drill pilot holes and secure them with 1 1/4″ screws.
Fill the holes and dents with wood putty and let it dry out for several hours. Use 120-200 grit sandpaper to smooth the surface. Remember that you can adjust the design of the clamp rack to suit your needs.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the project and to protect the components from decay, we recommend you to apply paint or stain.
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