Shop Organization Projects: Mobile Cabinet/Clamp Storage

Link to DIY Mobile Cabinet plan: Mobile Cabinet - Etsy

I have been meaning to address some storage issues in my workspace for a while, but other projects and expert level procrastination have delayed it. But now I have decided it needs to be done. I was tired of my sloppy clamp storage and having to climb up to the rafters in my garage every time I needed certain pieces of equipment.

One of the good problems that has developed is I had a lot of extra wood left over from prior projects. So, I decided these projects would be tackled completely with the scraps/extras. That way I make more space in my work area while improving my work/flow and efficiency.

The first project was to make some clamp racks. I do not have many clamps, but enough that they need their own storage. What I would have preferred would be to make an entire French cleat wall for flexible storage, but my space will just not allow it. I decided to keep the French cleat design, but to shrink it down for my space. I make two separate racks using this design, one for my 36-inch clamps and another for my smaller clamps. I went with simple wedge-shaped holders and made sure to make the spacing for my clamps to move freely. I also made a simple bar holder for some of my lighter, quick release clamps. I screwed the racks straight into the studs in the wall to make sure they were sturdy. Now that this quick and easy project is done, I can’t believe I waited so long to do it. It makes a big difference for my workflow.

Next up was adding more storage. No matter how much storage I add, it always feels like I need more. Probably because I always want more tools! For this one, I will be storing some of my painting equipment. I wanted a cabinet with some drawers and also with an open storage space. I decided to also add in an adjustable shelf to keep some flexibility depending on my future needs.

I went back to my preferred undermount slides for the top 2 drawers. Keeping with the function of my workspace, I placed the cabinet on casters for mobility. For the look, I used some prefinished birch plywood, and for the rest I added some wipe on polyurethane. I still have some of the same black drawer pulls left that I also used on my mega miter station, shop cart, and router table, so those were perfect to add to this build as well.

In the end, these were fast builds, but have made a significant difference in cleaning up my workspace. I encourage you to make the time to tackle projects like this to improve your workspace as well. They may not be the coolest projects, but they make such a big difference in your workflow, and that will help with the other projects you are planning to tackle in the future.

Full build video on my YouTube channel: Shop Organization // Clamp Storage and Mobile Cabinet - YouTube

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DEWALT 10-Inch Table Saw (DWE7491RS):

Freud Diablo 10" 50 tooth ATB blade:

DEWALT 20V MAX XR Cordless Router (DCW600B):

24-piece router bit set for ¼ in shank:

Dewalt 20V Max Cordless Drill/combo:

Dewalt Palm Sander, 1/4 sheet:

Kreg K4 Pocket hole jig:

Tape Measure:

Mechanical Pencil:

Dust Deputy Delux:

Wood Glue Dispenser:

Safety Ear Muffs:

Grr-Ripper 3D Push Block:

Kreg Tool Company Drawer Slide Jig:

90 Degree Positioning Square:


2" casters:

Blum Soft-Close hinges:

5'' Cabinet Pulls Matte Black:

Undermount drawer slides:

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