A few weeks ago I blogged about a jig that I built that is intended to help in woodworking clamping tasks and, in some cases, even substitute for a work bench. I called the jig a Bench Bull and dedicated three blog entries to it. I was very happy to learn that the bench bull concept was picked up by a few of our readers who cleverly added or changed some of its features to better serve their needs.
Mac McConnell’s bull is an engineering masterpiece. With its endless clamping possibilities, it is undoubtedly the most versatile clamping jig I have seen.
Harry Rudin from Switzerland kept the gaps between the bull’s segments wide enough to allow an F-style clamp head to pass through. This allows him to clamp vertical objects along the entire length of the bull by placing the F-clamps through the relevant gap as needed. Harry’s bull is made from oak and has probably broken the altitude record for bench bulls, as it resides and serves in the Alps mountains.
To read my original blog entries on the Bench Bull, what it is good for and how to build it, check out the links below: