dovetail jig and bar clamps

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Project by Arcola60 posted 06-01-2014 02:19 PM 4274 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished both of these shop jigs, but I have not tried them out yet. The weather has been really bad for the last few days. The bar clamps were made from the woodsmith # 108 issue. It was improved by Christopher Merrill. I bought all of the materials from Lowe’s. Total cost was $13.00 for each clamp. One 1×4x8’ oak yielded two clamps that has the clamping capacity of 36”. It was fun to build.
The dovetail jig was a combination of: Stots/Milescraft master template, the block design was from Peachtree, and the T-track was from Kreg. I keyed the stops to make sure the wood would reference 90 degrees. I do not know what kind of wood it is. I got it from my father, along with some cypress. The wood under the toggle clamps is European Beach. It is a really nice wood. The block is made from: 1/2”, 3/4” MDF, and 1/2” birch plywood. I made 1/2” sacrificial strips that are attached to the block, that can be changed out with different wood thickness.
I wanted to eliminate any tear out if possible. The template is made from 3/4” birch plywood. I did not key the wood under the toggle clamps because when I do angled dovetails, I can pivot them to get as close as possible to clamp better. I painted each component different colors, because I had the paint on hand. I decided to go with the Milescraft master template because I could custom design templates for different applications. The Keller journeyman started it. I think Peachtree came next, and then Stots. There is one degree difference in each of the dovetail designs, separating them from each other. All have the same basic principle, through dovetails.
Thanks to all who have shown their designs. It gave me plenty of options. I love options!

Ellery Becnel

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#1 posted 06-01-2014 04:09 PM

Looks like a good idea,nice work.


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#2 posted 06-01-2014 10:07 PM

I hadn’t seen those clamps before, they look like they should work well. The dovetail jig looks well built also! Keep up the great work!

-- All this sawdust.......wait........ what happened to my board???

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