Multi use shooting board and clamp thingy (better pictures and additions)

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Project by DonH posted 05-09-2011 03:29 PM 3195 views 10 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was published in the June 2011 issue of Popular Woodworking in the Tricks of the Trade section. I made a few changes to suit me.

This is a shooting board with planning stops and other fixtures to retain pieces of wood either vertically or horizontally to be tortured at will. I also added 3/4 dowels with threaded inserts to attach the thing to my workbench – just pound the dowels down through the fixture into the bench dog holes until flush. To remove thread a knob into the insert nut and pull.

This is shown with all the various stops plugged into available dog holes – obviously, in use only the required stops and/or other goodies would be in use.

I have added a birds mouth fixture and additonal stops since the original posting.

Hope this may be useful for some of you. It is made of 1 1/4 MDF and 1/2 inch MDF glued up. Fixtures are hardwood or Lee Valley. This will take any number of bench accessories and can convert any plane Jane bench into a very flexible and sturdy workspace.


-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#1 posted 05-09-2011 05:29 PM

Don,your work bench is awesome.

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#2 posted 05-09-2011 07:21 PM

Thanks Gul, glad you liked it.


-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#3 posted 05-09-2011 08:28 PM

Very well crafted and useful set up there Don, looks like that will tackle just about any clamping tasks on the bench that You throw at it !!

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#4 posted 05-09-2011 08:38 PM

Hi Rob – thanks, I believe it will do the trick all right!

By the way, I checked out your shop post – very nice set up and some interesting projects too.


-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#5 posted 05-10-2011 11:26 PM

Looks like an incredibly handy workbench

Thanks for sharing.


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