by Nate Young


Anvil here, anvil there, swag block over by the post vise. Treadle hammer on the far side. Working on the opposite side of the coal forge or using the gas forge? Lots of different work locations even in a small shop. All those different tongs, used in just about every operation, stuck where I first mounted that *!@%# rack in the ideal spot. So the mobile tong rack idea was born.

I wanted to leave room for growth, be able to move it easily and not have it take up much of my limited floor space. It is made of 1¼ x 3/16 flat stock and 1¾ x 3/16 angle. The 3/16 stock is plenty, heavier tends to spread the tong reigns.

I used piano casters because of they have hard wheels, high load capacity and low height which enables them to swivel with out changing the balance point therefore keeping the rack upright. The dual wheels are only 2in. in dia. The rack’s total outside dimensions  are 16½ x 33in. The inner box is 10½ square leaving 3in between inner an outer. The casters add 3in. for 36in. total.

I’m 6’ 4” so adjust the upright lengths for your optimum working height. I notched the corner to corner cross pieces half way then slid them together. Uprights are butt welded top and bottom. Weld the whole mess together, toss a piece of plywood in the bottom and you’re done. Note: Warm tongs/working tongs should be hung on outer box so they can be retrieved by a cool reign. 


4ea. 16in. x 3/16 center x will make 16½

4ea. 10in. x 3/16 90* cut fillet weld

2ea. 23in. x 3/16 center x notched in middle

4ea. 16¼  x 1¾ x 3/16 angle cut @ 45* or notch

4ea. Legs  x 1¾ x 3/16 angle cut to your working height

4ea. Casters,  McMaster #2835T21 - (Thx Leb!)