Build your own Toggle clamps! Free Plans plus.. New World Record. lol

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Project by Izzy Swan posted 08-10-2013 04:34 PM 78329 views 118 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a fun and usefull weekend project.. These shop made toggle clamps come in very handy for use around the shop and on jigs and fixtures.. there is a link posted in the discription box of the attached video to – cncnutz’s- youtube channel he does a great and complete walk through of my clamps and has free plans available to download if you want to build your self a set.. they are a fun project and come in handy.. also check out my other videos on toggle clamps showing them in action.. thanks everyone and have a great weekend!

-- Izzy Swan - A Creative Thinkers approach to Woodworking

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#1 posted 08-10-2013 04:49 PM

great clamp. love it.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#2 posted 08-10-2013 05:02 PM

Thanks! They are great littlw clamps.. obviously not as strong as factory clamps but do a great job for shopmade clamping fixtures.

-- Izzy Swan - A Creative Thinkers approach to Woodworking

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#3 posted 08-10-2013 06:09 PM

Check this out Izzy. It was my first LJ post about 5 years ago. They are not nearly as nice looking as yours, but they only take about 15 minutes to make using the templates that are also pictured. They work great too. I designed and made them because I couldn’t find any for sale here in Norway at the time. I love the idea that yours and mine too are dirt cheap to make and work just as good as the commercial ones.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 08-10-2013 06:30 PM

Stefang- Awesome clamps! Shop made is the best made in my humble opinion. . Beside the many uses and minimal cost the are great way to build experiance and knowlage. . Thanks for sharing really enjoyed checking them out!

-- Izzy Swan - A Creative Thinkers approach to Woodworking

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#5 posted 08-10-2013 08:25 PM

Cool! Great shop made clamps. Thanks for sharing.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 08-10-2013 10:04 PM

Great clamps guys, will have to give them a go, can’t seem to find them for sale in NZ.


-- No! Try Not. Do, or do Not.There is no Try.

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#7 posted 08-10-2013 10:34 PM

Purdy kool. I could use that mini to chop a toothpic in half.. :)

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#8 posted 08-10-2013 10:48 PM

Been here 3 days and you’re knocking the cover off the ball. Nice work!

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#9 posted 08-10-2013 11:21 PM

Lol.. love the tooth pick chopper idea! Lol thanks for all the great comments..

-- Izzy Swan - A Creative Thinkers approach to Woodworking

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#10 posted 08-11-2013 12:23 AM

Nice clamps, thanks for posting them.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#11 posted 08-11-2013 06:07 AM

Nifty idea, thank you

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#12 posted 08-12-2013 07:25 PM

Great idea. Thank for share.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#13 posted 01-29-2014 03:01 AM

where can i find plans for the “pistol” clamp? The toggle clamps are great use them every time in my shop.

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#14 posted 02-18-2015 03:53 AM

I made one of these clamps and it held just fine ….... now I cannot get it to release…... can anyone tell me how to
Fix this issue ?......

-- the older I get.....the better I was........

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#15 posted 12-14-2015 11:06 PM

I’m building a workbench with identical construction as your “How To Build a Simple Workbench” video, only two benches 2’ x 8’ arranged in an L shape in the corner of my shop. I do a lot of fine sanding, lathering and routing, this clamp is going to be the first attachment for it. Thank you!

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