My work bench #2: Hold downs.


This is part 2 in a 4 part series: My work bench

After I got my new Exterior door for the lid of the bench I needed to enable some hold-downs.
Since the top is made from particle board 1.75" thick the compression type that cost $ 100 each would not work, I do not think. Therefore I came up with this idea.

These are made from a 1.25" oak dowel bought from Rockler. I drilled a .75" hole into the middle of the dowel. This was the hard part even using a metal drill press vice clamped to the drill press table. I just could not get the drill hole square because I have a crappy, cheap Sears and Roebuck tabletop press.
I bought 2 & 36" dowels for $20. This should be enough to fill the whole table.

These guys were then epoxied into 1.25" holes drill into the top.

I had some real crappy Chinese clamps. These dudes were not square and the threads did not line up with the bottom jaw. So I cut them off. I had some 0.75" dowels on hand. These I cut in half and epoxied each half to the bottom of each clamp stock. After some sanding I got a pretty good fit .
So far these seem to work just great even considering the quality of the clamp. Its basic faults do not matter in this situation.


Tor and Odin are the greatest of gods.

Yep, an excellent and creative fix Madts.

Mike, an American living in Norway