Bolt-on bases for benchtop tools

benchtop tools

When you mount some of your benchtop tools on plywood bases, it's easy to clamp them to the benchtop. Unfortunately, the clamps can block access to the top drawers in your bench. Here's how I solved the problem.

I added a 3/4x2" hardwood cleat to the front edge of each tool base, as shown right, with a 5/16" hole in the middle of the cleat. Through the hole in the cleat, I marked several spots along the front edge of my benchtop where I then installed 1/4-20 brass threaded inserts. A 1/4" hexhead bolt goes through the cleat into the insert, and holds the base and tool firmly in place.

—Jonny Krup, Oxnard, Calif.

benchtop tools
Read more about

Tip of the Day

Align your tablesaw splitter for safe rip cuts

Your saw’s splitter and anti-kickback pawls are two important components of accurate and safe rip... read more

Talk in Shop Setup and Design