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Box Cleats


My workbench project is now underway, but I’m going to avoid showing any detail or videos on the build process until it’s finished. However, I will be posting some of the methods I adopt that translate more broadly into other applications.

With that in mind I needed to laminate 2x4s together to make the legs. I could of reverted to the many clamps we have in our workshop – but decided to try out a simple solution I had seen in my joinery books, namely box cleats.

The photos really do tell the story but a box cleat is simply a robust frame that allows folding wedges to exert clamping forces onto the wood. They can be, and were, sized to suit the application. If the cleat is used regularly it would also have its joint reinforced with metal straps.

I made mine from 2″ x 3″ stud material and they worked very well. It minimized the amount of proprietary clamps I would need to invest in, meaning more funds for books and wood!

Box Cleats

It’s also a good way to practice sawing, nailing and chiseling.


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