Convenient workholding is essential for every woodworking project, whether it’s a stout leg vise or a small spring clamp. Sometimes old methods, like using a holdfast are best and other times innovative new clamps come along. I’m thinking of the “K” body clamp Bessey introduced more than a decade ago that was a vast improvement over pipe clamps.
A few months back, Bessey introduced an innovative toggle clamp that once again is a huge improvement over what has been the standard. Great for use with jigs as well as other applications, the new auto-adjust toggle clamp does just that. Without making even the slightest adjustment, this clamp will hold down an object as thin as a business card or as thick as piece of stock up to 2-3/4″ while the amount of holding pressure remains constant. Want more or less holding pressure? A simple turn of a screw provides a range from 50 to 550 pounds per square inch.
Take a look at the brief video below and see these new clamps in action.
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