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Bench Standoffs

By: Erich Lage
These Standoffs Allows you to safely Cut Large Material without Damaging the Surface of your Workbench

standoff 1 Breaking down sheet goods is something that I see a lot of tips on. I used to cut sheet goods on a piece of foam insulation. And it worked well. However, I was tired of having to store the large sheet of foam. That’s when I decided to find my own solution using my workbench. The idea I came up with is the standoffs shown here. standoff 3 Snug Fit. The standoffs are designed to fit snugly over my workbench. They hold any sheet goods up off the surface of my workbench and allow me to break them down without cutting into my benchtop. I also sized a few of these to use with a folding table for when my workbench is in use.

The construction starts with a base made of plywood. A groove is cut into the top side to hold a rib. The ribs are glued into the groove. Finally, a pair of cleats are attached to the bottom of the base to straddle the benchtop. standoff 5 I also installed a strip of window screen spline in a groove in the cleats (photo above). The spline increases friction on the benchtop and keeps the standoffs in place while I’m making cuts.

Published: Feb. 2, 2023
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