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Project by hotncold posted 05-14-2015 08:52 PM 2582 views 7 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today I saw kleebro's Work Table/Workbench project and I saw that his design utilized something similar to a change I made to mine a couple of months ago. I decided that I needed to post an update to my original workbench.

Initially I was going to replace the bench with an entirely new one with the clamping options I wanted to add; but my old bench was still rock solid and so I decided on a new top only. First I removed the trim and squared the original top using my tracksaw. Then I added a layer of 3/4 MDF over my original top and recessed T-Track into the new oak trim/borders.

It’s like getting a new bench with a nice flat top and new clamping options as well.

Thanks for the mention kleebro and for reminding me to post this update!
And thanks for looking. Your comments are always welcome!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#1 posted 05-14-2015 09:26 PM

That is a really nice set-up… Great work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 05-14-2015 10:30 PM

Very nice. My work bench is plywood and 2by4s. Are those kreg channels and are they worth the money they cost?

-- Fail to plan and you are planning to fail. Ben Franklin

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#3 posted 05-14-2015 11:51 PM

Nice update Dennie! The MDF will be great for a nice solid and flat work surface and I like the addition of the T track. Gives you a lot of flexibility. Very thoughtful design!

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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#4 posted 05-15-2015 12:22 AM

Ken – Thanks!

littlelady – These are Rockler T-tracks that run about $19.00 for a 3’ section. Not to be confused with the Kreg Klamp track. It runs about $45 for a 33” section and it is much more heavy duty. It also attaches with bolts and what I used attaches with screws.

Jerry – I have wanted to add the T-track for some time and it certainly gives me much more clamping/holding options. Thank you!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#5 posted 05-15-2015 12:39 PM

Nice setup. That’ll hold anything.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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