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Uplifting benchtop risers

You'll wonder how you ever assembled a project without these simple, versatile shop aids.

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Let these rises do the work
Box on two other boxes
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Saw cutting thru flat board on two boxes
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To provide clearance for a saw
blade or router bit, clamp the
workpiece to the risers, and
secure the risers to your bench.
Two boxes with lots of clamps
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The rigid risers make excellent
clamping cauls. We glued up this
hardboard-and-plywood lamination
with only six clamps.

Let these rises do the work

Why settle for a chunk of 4x4 to lift projects off your bench when these risers do so much more? Assemble carcases on them to create room for clamp heads [top photo]. They provide blade clearance when cutting pieces with a circular saw or jigsaw [middle photo], and raise workpieces to a comfortable working height when routing an edge. To glue panels face-to-face, use the risers to apply pressure across the full panel [bottom photo]. You can even use them as a step when reaching for items on a just-out-of-reach shelf.

Continued on page 2:  Cut the top and bottom pieces


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