Australian Woodsmith 5th May 2021
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Speedy Benchtop Clamp

Lacking a quick and easy way to clamp a workpiece to the top of my workbench, I devised the clamp you see above. Its low profile makes it easy to sand or plane the workpiece.

The base is made with two dowel pins that slip into a pair of holes in the benchtop. The holes are opposite a bench dog (photo above). A hole is drilled through the edge of the base and a threaded insert installed. The clamp is loosely fastened to the long bolt with lock nuts and washers. It should rotate freely on the bolt.

I keep a ratchet spanner handy for adjusting the clamp, as you see above. It’s a simple solution that’s quick to set up and use yet stores easily under my bench.

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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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