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While I slowly make headway on reclaiming my garage interior (which still needs to house two cars as well as my shop), my thoughts get to run way ahead of my deeds.

A true workbench is somewhere around third on my list right now , but I've been considering something which I thought others might have already tried: Instead of the age-old standard of dogholes, whether in rows or a grid, has anyone tried outfitting a workbench with a series of T-tracks instead?

I can always experiment, but I don't want to pass up the chance to learn from someone else's experience... so what say you all? Has anyone tried this, and if so how did it work out?

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Hi Bob,

I have a single dog hole in the dead center of my workbench and find that most adequated when used in conjunction with clamps Look up Lonnie Bird if you want to learn more about how he works with a bench. I really like his style
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Yep! Done that and it works OK. I did this on a bench top locker that I use with my pocket hole system clamps. The main thing is to have them anchored well enough that they don't pull up when pressure is applied, say with machine screws and nuts instead of just screws, also they have a tendency to be good chip and dust collectors, thus hampering the movement of any clamps or such that you have in them.

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Yep! Done that and it works OK. I did this on a bench top locker that I use with my pocket hole system clamps. The main thing is to have them anchored well enough that they don't pull up when pressure is applied, say with machine screws and nuts instead of just screws, also they have a tendency to be good chip and dust collectors, thus hampering the movement of any clamps or such that you have in them.
Oh yeah... sawdust. Now the holes seem to make a LOT more sense!

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Ever drop anything heavy or sharp on your table? Ever make an unintentional saw cut where it didn't belong? Ever use a dead blow on material on the bench? Paint or glue, over drill?

I've done all of those and more, some I probably blocked out. There's too many good reasons not to put a track on my work table.

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I had a similar idea about using tracks in the benchtop and did that about two or three benches ago. I went back to the dog holes ever since as they seem easier to use plus I acn drill one where I need it if an odd size comes along.
Another point is that the tracks cost a ton when you start making a grid out of them! Of course, I have not been appointed king or anything (why not?) so you can do whatever you want. Just think about it and the cost before taking teh jump!

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Thanks all for the replies. It's amazing how many things which don't occur to you just make sense once you hear them.

So I'd say my (eventual) workbench will be of the standard hole-y variety.

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