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For years, I sanded and hand planed panel edges by laying them flat on my workbench. I could never quite squeeze a bench vise into my woodworking budget, so I came up with this fast, inexpensive clamp rail.
I recessed a 36” long 2 x 6, into my workbench’s face, and secured it with wood glue and lag bolts. I kept the clamp rail below the workbench surface, and flush with the face of my bench.
The clamp rail extends down from the bottom of the bench’s face rail about 3-1/2”. Now anytime I need to sand or plane a panel’s edge, I just hold the panel to the workbench and secure it with a couple of clamps. I can support it at any height I need and it doesn’t budge. –Aron S. McLoughlin
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