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Bolt-on bases for 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.


Comments (6)
laredo1210kid1 wrote:

that's a neat way to move them over, will try.

9/27/2011 09:44:48 PM Report Abuse
mmyjak wrote:

It would be nice of the "Click to Enlarge" actually provided an enlarged image. Thanks for the idea.

9/22/2011 08:19:01 PM Report Abuse
Tony Grunch wrote:

Now this is one that I will incorporate into my shop. Thanks fellas!!!

9/22/2011 10:46:10 AM Report Abuse
goldencirrus wrote:

Excellent. Hail to the 805!

9/22/2011 10:27:24 AM Report Abuse
William Evett wrote:

like this, will use it.

8/29/2011 10:41:49 AM Report Abuse
roncraig007 wrote:

Great idea. Simple and effective.

3/18/2011 12:52:29 AM Report Abuse

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