‘Bench Bulls’ by Blog Readers…Very Cool Designs

Bench Bull

Mac McConnell’s bull is an engineering masterpiece. Pin this on Pinterest!

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.

Bench Bull

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.

Bench Bull

If you keep the gaps between the bull’s segments wide enough you will be able to pass F-clamps through and clamp vertical objects at any point along the length of the bull.

Bench Bull

Harry Rudin’s bull and two f-clamps hold it to down to a table top.

Bench Bull

Harry’s bull

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:

‘Bench Bull:’ The Jack of All Bench Jigs, Part 1

‘Bench Bull’ – The Jack of All Bench Jigs, Part 2

‘Bench Bull’ – The Jack of All Bench Jigs, Part 3

— Yoav Liberman

PWM Shop Blog, Woodworking Blogs
Yoav Liberman

About Yoav Liberman

Yoav S. Liberman is a woodworker and a teacher. His pieces have been featured in several woodworking books, most recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled. Yoav teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, and also frequently guest teaches in craft schools across the country.  Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav  headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. Yoav’s articles have appeared in American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine. He frequently contributes woodworking web content to a number of digital publications   Yoav has a degree in architecture and later held two competitive residency programs: at The Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, and the Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Purchase College, New York. He lives in Chestnut Ridge NY.

4 thoughts on “‘Bench Bulls’ by Blog Readers…Very Cool Designs

  1. drm

    Looking good. I was intrigued with two of the clamps on Mac McConnell’s bull. Especially the small orange ones on the base in each corner. The other one might be a good fit for a Festool MFT, it’s the red and black one, 2nd from top in the right hand corner. Both clamps I’m referring to are on the first pic.
    I’m hoping someone may recognise these clamps and comment. Cheers, David.

    1. Yoav LibermanYoav Liberman Post author

      Hi drm,
      The orange Hold down is made by Jorgensen. At Home Depot they call it: Hold-Down Clamp for Workbenches – http://www.homedepot.com/p/Jorgensen-Hold-Down-Clamp-for-Workbenches-1652/202688744
      The red and black clamp is a new type of toggle clamps that are available from Rockler, Bessey and Craftsman. Here is the one by Rockler: http://www.rockler.com/auto-lock-t-track-clamp?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=&utm_content=pla&utm_campaign=PL&sid=V9146&gclid=CjwKEAiAuea1BRCbn-2n7PbLgEMSJAABQvTTuOUxwMe1FXFPek87FTazNXXzqL-U1My-BynkYxD8DBoCko3w_wcB

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