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Holding it down — that’s half the battle when it comes to woodworking.  (“Knowing” is the other half, right?)  Just keep it still.  Think of the KREG Universal Bench Klamp as a pair of adjustable locking pliers mounted to the workbench.  This idea is that the system allows you to apply an incredible amount of pressure to the joint line.

The heart of the clamp is a 1/4″ x 3″ x 4″ steel plate which can be inlaid in the bench top — or fastened to a piece of plywood and clamped to the bench, though a clamp clamped to plywood clamped to the bench seems a bit redundant. Then again every time we say that in the shop we wind up doing it the very next week.

The clamp, which rotates 360° on the plate, has a 3″ throat depth and can be removed by a sliding screw head to keyhole connection. This might be a bit of a hard sell at $35 a pop though. A few hand clamps and a workmate might work just as well and not leave holes in your bench — well, at least not any more holes then normal, that is.

Universal Bench Klamp [Kreg]
Street Pricing [Froogle]

 

5 Responses to Finds: KREG Universal Bench Klamp

  1. Rick says:

    I just got the latest Kreg Catalog, and saw this.
    This is a great idea, and if you’re ever in the position to build your own workbench, this would be awesome, even if you don’t use it to drill Kreg’s pocket holes.

  2. Myself says:

    It’s a shame it needs a custom mounting plate, instead of being able to wedge into standard bench dog holes. I’d imagine that a pipe-plug style mechanism, where a piece of rubber mushrooms into place to provide a tight fit, would probably work fine. (And a similar vise-grip-like mechanism could provide quick tension to the mushroom mechanism!)

  3. Roscoe says:

    This is just a vice-grip drill press holder with a custom base instead of the old threaded stud. I’ve got one of these bolted through the plate on my drill press right now and it’s been there for 10 years. I’m with “myself”, simpler is better and a regular vice-grip holder would surely fit through a bench dog hole.

  4. Eli says:

    I saw a great bench design. The top was made from two pieces of flattened hardwood that had the contour (curve?) of the tree (had been debarked, sawn to plank, planed and finished), in other words there were several gaps in the center of the top that a standard bar clamp could fit through, in lieu of bench dogs. It seemed like there were enough voids to be able to clamp any sort of project.

  5. roy says:

    i bought two of em, and 3 extra plates. i thought the plates,not being very deep would be better than holes through the top..also,if a position turns up, you needent set in the plate for a quickie job.

    a diy ,if i could weld may have been given more thought.

    roy
    fulton,ny

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