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Microjig Convertable Horizontal And Vertical Clamping Table

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Project by Ryan Nicholson posted 01-24-2021 07:10 PM 1212 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All,
I have updated the table top of my Multi-function Workbench that I posted here a couple of years ago.
I used a good quality sheet of maple plywood, made a box without a bottom, and routed the dovetail grooves on top and on the sides. It slides down over the existing top.
Then, I wanted to be able to flip the table top vertical so that I could work on projects that needed to be clamped in that orientation.
I made and attached two red oak sliding arms at the bottom of the workbench that are slotted and held in place by bolts. They slide over and attach the bottom of the table to the workbench, keeping it good and solid.
With the casters locked down, the workbench doesn’t move a bit! (It may look like the table will tip over, but I have two 45 pound barbell weights built into the bottom of the workbench and it is super stable! It takes just a few minutes to convert the table from horizontal to vertical.
I really like the Microjig system and I am planning on making more jigs using the dovetail clamps!

Ryan





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woodbutcherbynight

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#1 posted 01-25-2021 12:10 AM

Unique idea, looks good.

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#2 posted 01-25-2021 12:11 AM

wow that is an awesum setup,too small for my needs but pretty damn cool.ive got t track grid on my assembly table witch works fine for me although im constantly cleaning out the track.one thing about tables and benches there is no perfect one,too each of us we have our own needs.

ps-your shop from what we see is beautiful,i wish youd post the rest.

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Ryan Nicholson

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#3 posted 01-25-2021 01:13 AM

Thanks!


Unique idea, looks good.

- woodbutcherbynight


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Ryan Nicholson

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#4 posted 01-25-2021 01:22 AM

Thanks for the kind words. I agree, no such thing as a perfect workbench. As for my shop, it’s just a typical basement shop. I’m hoping to move into a free standing shop soon and will post that when I’m set up.


wow that is an awesum setup,too small for my needs but pretty damn cool.ive got t track grid on my assembly table witch works fine for me although im constantly cleaning out the track.one thing about tables and benches there is no perfect one,too each of us we have our own needs.

ps-your shop from what we see is beautiful,i wish youd post the rest.

- pottz


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swirt

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#5 posted 01-25-2021 02:21 AM

Very clever solution.

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#6 posted 01-25-2021 06:54 AM

Love those Microjig dovetail clamps. Nice top.

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#7 posted 01-25-2021 10:41 AM

That is really cool!

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#8 posted 01-25-2021 01:50 PM

Really neat solution, convertible also.

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#9 posted 01-25-2021 03:38 PM

Very cool table! And your shop is so clean and organized…do you work in it?
I got the same Microjig clamps the other day. Haven’t thought of how I want to build a table yet.

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Ryan Nicholson

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#10 posted 01-25-2021 03:40 PM

Thank You!


Very clever solution.

- swirt


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Ryan Nicholson

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#11 posted 01-25-2021 03:42 PM

Thanks! The clamps are SO versatile.


Love those Microjig dovetail clamps. Nice top.

- therealSteveN


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Ryan Nicholson

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#12 posted 01-25-2021 03:42 PM

Thank You!


That is really cool!

- Peteybadboy


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Ryan Nicholson

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#13 posted 01-25-2021 03:43 PM

Thanks!


Really neat solution, convertible also.

- Bobsboxes


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Ryan Nicholson

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#14 posted 01-25-2021 03:45 PM

Thanks! I go by the old saying; A place for everything and everything in it’s place.
I never have trouble finding a tool because I know exactly where its at,


Very cool table! And your shop is so clean and organized…do you work in it?
I got the same Microjig clamps the other day. Haven t thought of how I want to build a table yet.

- OzarkSawdust


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#15 posted 01-25-2021 05:01 PM

That’s really impressive.

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