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Extend your workstation's reach

While refinishing an old dresser, I removed the top to scrape off the paint. The problem was how to hold it during the scraping process. Clamping it to my workbench meant moving the clamps part way through the job, and my portable clamping workstation doesn’t open wide enough for the dresser top.

To give the workstation’s jaws added capacity, I made a set of four clamp extensions, as shown below. I made my own dogs out of hardwood scraps and 3/4" dowels, but you could modify the design to use your workstation’s own plastic dogs. The extensions add 20" of clamping capacity to my Workmate, and have never let me down.

—Dennis Peterson, Lewiston, Idaho

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