New Mobile Work Station #3: Dog Holes and Clamp slots

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Blog entry by MT_Stringer posted 11-23-2013 11:50 PM 3759 reads 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With the weather krummy, I stayed indoors and worked on the table top. I laid out the dog holes and clamp slots. Then I drilled the holes with a 7/8 inch Forstner bit. For the clamping slots, I drilled each end with a 1 1/4 inch Forstner bit. Next I drew the lines in between the holes and cut out the slots with a jig saw leaving a little waste inside the line. All that is left is to set up my router with a straight edge and trim the slots to final size with a flush trim bit.

Here are a few pics of the work done today and some test fitting of my jigs. As you can see, the holes and slots allow for a variety of clamping options.

After I get the Formica laminated on the top, I will trim all holes and slots and bevel the edges slightly. The final result should look like my drill press table.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#2 posted 11-24-2013 03:57 AM

Thanks for sharing this blog. I can see lots of uses for this type of small movable table with solid construction. You have given me lots off things to think about as I design and create a similar table that will also serve as an outfeed table when needed.

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#3 posted 11-24-2013 04:51 AM

Thank you. I have been inspired by others that have shared their projects so I am paying it forward.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#4 posted 11-25-2013 12:54 PM

Makes for a nice universal top

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#5 posted 11-27-2013 02:35 AM

nice table, great idea, need something to hold my kreg jig and my miter box.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#6 posted 11-27-2013 03:43 AM

Thanks. The weather has been to bad too laminate the top. I have do it outside because there is a natural gas fired water heater about 15 feet from the table. So, I will have to wait a day or three.

I made a holder for the extension cord.

And cleaned up the clamp slots with the router and a flush trim bit.

A friend donated a piece of Formica so I wouldn’t have to buy a full sheet.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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