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Project by KCoombs posted 03-24-2012 12:23 AM 11657 views 55 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted a large clamping and assembly surface. I also wanted to use Kreg’s clamping systems. I already have a nice workbench with standard vises, etc.
So, here it is. The top is 4×8. It is laminated with Formica Microdot “Steel”, which is either the same or a very passable match for the laminate Kreg uses. One side of the table has three Klamp Vises spaced asymmetrically. There is a fourth vise on one side. The other two sides use Kreg Klamp Track.
The base is a typical trestle design with mortise and tenon joints and cross dowels at the rails.
My next project will be a set of drawers for the base.
Thanks for looking!
Kevin

-- Kevin





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Andy Panko

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#1 posted 03-24-2012 01:09 AM

Real nice. I’d love something like that…if I had the space. Enjoy!

-- Andy Panko, Edison NJ

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bruc101

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#2 posted 03-24-2012 01:44 AM

That’s the way to get it done. If I used a Kreg I would build me one just like that.I use a tool called a Facemaker.
Good job there, nice, neat and functional.

-- Bruce http://plans.sawmillvalley.org http://www.sawmillgirls.com

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GrandpaLen

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#3 posted 03-24-2012 02:01 AM

Bravo! Excellent assembly table.

Very nicely done.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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lizardhead

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#4 posted 03-24-2012 05:49 AM

Now——whatcha gonna build on that

-- Lizardhead---Yeah but it's a dry heat--Tempe, Az

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bigfish_95008

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#5 posted 03-24-2012 12:43 PM

I bought the Kreg kit at the last show and am planning to build an assembly table soon. Mine was not going to be of such grand dimensions though. If I were to build it that big I would have to go outside to work on it through the window. Nice table!!!
Allen

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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Chipy

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#6 posted 03-24-2012 12:57 PM

Nice work,Ya just got to love Kreg.It looks like you could go into cabinet production with that set up.

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#7 posted 03-24-2012 01:25 PM

WoW! I gotta have me one of these! Great execution!!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#8 posted 03-24-2012 01:51 PM

Very nice, do you like your Kreg Klamp Vise?? I have the Klamp track in my workbench already and love it. I’m trying to decide if the vise would be useful, or just get in my way. I was thinking that it might be convenient to mount the vise to a t-track so it could be adjustable the length of my bench.

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this http://www.melbrownfarmsupply.com"

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KCoombs

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#9 posted 03-24-2012 02:10 PM

Thank you all very much! I sure appreciate the feedback.
LukieB, I do like the vise. I’m not sure it would work with a t-track becasue I don’t think you could use the plate – and the track may not support the downward pressure. But I do like it, although I would not have it as an “only” vise – I have typical woodworking vises on my workbench.
After I get the drawers built for under this table, my next conquest is kitchen cabinets for the house and a sewing table for a friend. And….and….and….

-- Kevin

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Brad_Nailor

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#10 posted 03-24-2012 04:07 PM

Nice work. I used to make allot of face frames when I worked in a cabinet shop with pocket screws..I would have killed for a sweet setup like this! The only thing that could possibly make that setup any nicer. is if it could pivot a little..like a drafting table…

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horsch

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#11 posted 03-24-2012 06:16 PM

Looks great! Where did you get the microdot Formica?

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LukieB

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#12 posted 03-24-2012 07:34 PM

Kevin,
I also have typical woodworking vises on my bench, I actually put my klamp trak inline with my vises to use them as “bench dogs” for clamping pieces flat on the bench for planing, sanding routing etc. I just made up some blocks of varying sizes and thicknesses with holes for bolts and knobs for securing one side, and then tighten the vise to hold it tight.

My thought was to add the Kreg vise to the far side of the bench for securing longer workpieces on edge. I just thought it would be cool to be able to easily move it closer to the wood-vise for a perfect fit. I have these nifty little t-track fittings that fit in the track and are threaded to accept a 1/4” bolt or screw

allowing you to use machine screws that can be countersunk for a flush surface.

My thought is to use those to mount the Kreg Vise to a t-track so they won’t interfere with the clamping. But what do you mean by the track not being able to support the downward pressure?? I would be putting a 3/4”wide by 3/8” deep groove in the bench edge (1-1/2” Thick) for the track. Wouldn’t the only pressure be outward (pulling the track out) Or am I confused about how that vise works? Thanks for your insight Kevin, and again, your bench looks great.

-Lucas

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this http://www.melbrownfarmsupply.com"

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KCoombs

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#13 posted 03-24-2012 08:06 PM

Lucas – That would be a cool addition. As far as the pulling, I am thinking of the clamps being mounted on the vise plate which comes with them (or you can buy the plate alone). So if it’s on the end of the bench and mounted in just the track I wonder if there is enough there to keep it from pulling the track out. I’m probably saying “downward” when I should say “outward” – you’re right.

Horsch – I ordered it from a local countertop supplier. I couldn’t find anyone who stocks it and I figured out the right product by going to Formica’s site. The name of the color is “steel”. I’m kind of particular and I really wanted to use the same laminate Kreg uses – just a quirk. :)

Thanks everyone for your kind input!

-- Kevin

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newTim

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#14 posted 03-27-2012 06:41 PM

Wow Kevin… very nice. I like the way you added rails around the edges. Did you mention earlier where you got the microdot material? I’m working on my own ultimate Kreg assembly table too. I’m sure your bench is going to be very handy.

-- tim hill www.newcalshop.com

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KCoombs

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#15 posted 03-27-2012 09:36 PM

Hi Tim. Thank you! I got the laminate special order from a local countertop shop. It is a Formica product (Microdot “Steel”), so it should be easily obtainable.

-- Kevin

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