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Australian Woodsmith 19th May 2021
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Clamping Workstation

The heart of my workshop 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 above 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 below.

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 (photo above). 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 workshop tasks.

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SAFETY IN THE WORKSHOP Safety devices, such as riving knives, guards on table saws and guards over router bits have been deliberately left out of the line drawings in Australian Woodsmith projects in order to make them easier to follow. It goes without saying that where safety devices have been supplied by the manufacturers you should use them. We encourage the use of push sticks as good work practice.
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