Sliding Dovetail Toggle Clamps

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Project by GarageWoodworks posted 07-27-2018 09:18 PM 1945 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Make your toggle clamps more versatile! Easy to build add-ons will make them significantly more useful and allows you to move them from jig to jig with ease.

Watch the build video and use demo here

**When sizing the dovetail it would be easier to remove some (~1/2” or so) of the side supports so that you can test fit the male dovetail in the dovetail channel. And if it’s too snug adjust the router fence accordingly and remove more of the sidewalls of the dovetail (male). Also, when making the dovetail (male), the height of the bit will determine if it contacts the bottom of the dovetailed channel; this is easier to get right then the side to side fit of the dovetail (the bit should be slightly lower than what is used to make the dovetail channel). After the dovetail fits nicely with a test fit, the remaining side supports can be removed.

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#1 posted 07-28-2018 04:03 AM

If a person was going to do some sliding DTs on some case work, and wasn’t sure about doing it, that could be viewed as a massive hands on practice leading up to the real deal. Sure easier to mess up a small chunk of wood, rather than a detailed piece you had spent some time on, just for practice purposes.

Thanks for posting.

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#2 posted 07-28-2018 04:43 AM

Great idea and very practical.

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#3 posted 07-28-2018 03:39 PM

This is a very nice fixture and will be nice for your shop.

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#4 posted 07-29-2018 09:19 AM

I really like this idea! It might be a better choice than routed t-tracks in many cases. Thanks a lot for sharing!

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#5 posted 07-29-2018 12:48 PM

oh yeah you get it an official :

AWARD :<))

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#6 posted 07-30-2018 04:22 AM

I used T tracks but this looks less costly!
Nice idea.

I have seen clamps where one of the legs is flat and fits into a routed groove … can’t remember where I saw it.

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