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Clamping Workstation

By: John Doyle
If you have a bench that has T-tracks installed, these upgrades are for you. If you don't, you might want to add all of this for the efficiency that it brings to the shop.

The heart of my shop is my workbench. It provides a large worksurface for project assembly. But I took mine a step further and converted it into a multipurpose clamping workstation. You can see here some of the handy accessories I added. I started by embedding two parallel T-tracks the length of the bench. To those, you can attach any manner of clamping and assembly aids. You can see a few in the drawings on the next slide.

For tasks like sawing or drilling, I made a pair of risers that elevate the work. They fasten to the T-track with bolts and knobs. I also modified a pair of handscrews to act as extra hands during assembly. All you need to do is drill a hole through one of the jaws and add a bolt and knob to secure it to the T-track in the benchtop. Finally, I made simple hold-downs from toggle clamps. The clamps are mounted to plywood bases, which in turn are fastened to the T-track. All are simple accessories that help out with many shop tasks.

Published: Oct., 18 2018
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