I need to get busy on my workbench top so I can decide how many of the different work-holding designs to use at my bench. At this time at my home shop, I’m using a pair of Gramercy holdfasts, but earlier this year a couple of companies, namely Lee Valley and Kreg, introduced holdfasts of a new design.
Kreg Automaxx is a new line of work-holding clamps. Along with a 3″ and 6″ face clamps that automatically adjust to thickness of your workpiece as you clamp (great for pocket screw work), the company introduced a bench clamp system in which you can use a 3″ or 6″ bench clamp to hold your workpiece. These bench clamps also automatically adjust as you secure your work.
With a clamp plate installed flush to your bench top, you can hook either clamp via a small hex screw – that way your top remains flat and uninterrupted. With the clamp hooked into the plate, you have 360-degree clamping abilities. To watch a short video on Kreg Automaxx, click here.
Lee Valley’s new design utilizes existing 3/4″ round dog holes. The company introduced a toggle-clamp plate that fits into the holes. A Bessey auto-adjust toggle clamp is attached to the plate to provide a quick and strong solution to clamping along any of your existing dog holes. Or you can drill a new hole wherever you see fit. To watch a short video about the toggle-clamp plate, click here.
I’ll give both of these new designs a run once my bench is ready to go.
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