Oh yeah, you wouldn’t want the handle side on top, because of the interference with the bit. So you’d have to have all that inside the bench… I’ll have to think about that. Maybe I can just keep or cut them short. Most of what I can think of to cut is 3/4″ or smaller ply, thin plastic or aluminum plates, and maybe some dimensional 2″x4″, which would be about 1.5″ high, so I could get by most of the time with pretty short clamps.
I bet you could get by with just making closer holes in a small area of the workspace. Larger objects should have a problem moving it so that it can be clamped, right?