Todd - If you are using Jett set, forget the shellac pad. I use the
ring clamp, without the nylon pads, and make Jett set jigs that I can
firmly hold in the clamp. Make a ball with the Jett set, then flatten
slightly. Push into the clamp with jaws open about a quarter inch. As
you push down, form the Jett set over the clamp, covering the whole
top, and coming down to touch the sleeve of the clamp. This will make
things very stable when you hammer, or set most things. I do a lot of
production work, and have hundreds of these jigs. I make them so that
I can pop pieces in and out. As far as the rest of the Benchmate, you
will find it one of your best tools. Personally, I never liked the
rest/guard, so I took it off. Hope this helps.
A healthy and happy new year to all.
Stuart J. Adelman, Designer