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How to Make a Temporary Work Table

Learn how to use bar clamps to make a temporary work table. Host David Thiel also demonstrates how to use short bar clamps and 'C' clamps to make a temporary vise.

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use bar clamps to make temporary work table
  • Time

    2 hours

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Cut the Plywood

Cut a piece of plywood for the table top no larger than 4' x 4', any larger and the table would sag. The table can be any shape desired.

Step 2: Attach the Clamps

Get four clamps of the same size (Image 1). Use either pipe clamps or standard bar clamps as long as they are a good length for substitution as table legs.

Attach a bar clamp to each corner of a piece of plywood (Image 2). Once the clamps are in place, spread them out a little bit to add a little more stability.

Step 3: Create a Makeshift Vise

Take 2- 2" x 4" blocks and clamp them to the work table with 'C' clamps (Image 1).

Clamp the board (Image 2) you want to plane, glue or sand to the blocks.

Note: This makeshift vise works best with vertical pieces.

Proceed to plane, glue or sand.