Innovative Toggle Clamps from Bessey | Popular Woodworking Magazine
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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.

– Steve Shanesy

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  • Eric R

    Kind of like the way C H Hansen did with the locking pliers.
    Those Bessy’s are nice, and hopefully the price will come down a little bit.
    Thanks Steve.

  • wdwerker

    I have used these clamps in my shop for several months now. It is amazing to be able to clamp 11/16, 3/4, 1 inch, and 1 3/4 thick parts with the same clamp. We made a jig out of 3/4 ply and put a 3 inch plywood strip down one edge as a fence. Use 4 1 1/4″ coarse pocket hole screws to mount the clamps on top of the fence. Holds a part very stable while you work and fast change to the next part even if it is a very different thickness. The clamping force is adjustable. Watch out for the swivel foot getting tilted sideways before you clamp, it can leave a dent in your wood.


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