Shopmade Clamp and Assembly Worktable

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Project by Bricofleur posted 03-19-2010 09:42 PM 8955 views 124 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I came up with this very unique and satisfying version of a clamp worktable, made right here in my shop, using material from my sheet goods scrap pile. I designed it so I could use my collection of ordinary and fast action vise clamps meant to be used at the drill press.

As shown, a 30” X 36” base is made out of 3/4” plywood, which is notched every 2-1/2” around the perimeter, 2” deep, to accept the vise clamps’ shank without removing (threading off) the O-nuts. This base is usefull to hold workpieces for sawing, carving, routing, sanding, etc. The clamping action is quick and positionning the vise clamps is nearly unlimited.

I also made a 30” X 24” sub-base out of 5/8” thick Melamine (so glue won’t stick to it), on which I’ve added a 1-1/8” edge strip on 2 sides to register workpieces when required, like when drilling pocket holes, building drawers and carcasses square. Since those strips are screwed on the edge of the sub-base, they protrude 1/2” over the top surface giving me the registration edges I wanted. Here again the multi-positions feature I can get from the vise clamps is just incredible. To be removable, this sub-base is held to the base with four 1-1/4”-long 1/4-20 f.h. bolts and four 1/4-20 T-nuts installed from under the base.

To prevent the jig from slipping or creeping, I throw a router pad on the workbench, shop cart, Workmate, router table or sawhorses and I’m ready to go. When needed, I also clamp the base. I’m thinking about adding a removable block (with T-nuts & bolts) under the base so it could get clamped in the Workmate or the workbench vise to prevent it from creeping when side pressure is applied.

This is my best shopmade jig ever. Attached are some uses for this great jig.

For more details and photos, find it here on my website.

If you don’t want to build your own, you can buy one similar made by Kreg



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#1 posted 03-19-2010 10:03 PM

I like this alot. Good job

-- Leslie, TX

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#2 posted 03-19-2010 10:05 PM

very cool!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 03-19-2010 10:05 PM

Simply OUTSTANDING! I love it!

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#4 posted 03-19-2010 10:07 PM

Fantastic idea and jig…............ I MUST make one of these and thanks so much for posting the great details!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#5 posted 03-19-2010 10:22 PM

Another great jig you’ve made , my friend : ) Thanks for sharing it with us !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 03-19-2010 10:22 PM

Great jig !! Thanks for the posting.

-- Charlie............Only time will tell if it was time well spent.

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#7 posted 03-19-2010 10:43 PM

Why am I not surprised that you would come up with a jig so elegantly simple, yet so immensely useful?!

VERY WELL DONE, my friend! I’ve got to build me one of these!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#8 posted 03-19-2010 11:07 PM

Excellent idea. Seems almost as versatile as the kreig jig, at a fraction of the cost. I plan to build one. Thanks for sharing a great idea.

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#9 posted 03-19-2010 11:14 PM

I like it, great idea. Gonna have to add this to my to-do list. Thanks for sharing.

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#10 posted 03-19-2010 11:26 PM

Thank you for sharing, the photos speak volumes.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#11 posted 03-20-2010 12:07 AM

great ! gunna hafta make one for myself
have checked out your website and your projects on this website . . . so many great ideas !!
very cool

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#12 posted 03-20-2010 12:28 AM

Thanks for sharing, that is one cool clamping table.

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#13 posted 03-20-2010 01:31 AM

so u saved a couple of hundred dollars plu this one looks better than the kreg table. Nice work

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#14 posted 03-20-2010 01:39 AM

That is a good idea, thx :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 03-20-2010 01:51 AM

Great Idea! Thank you.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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