Get a grip on workshop problems with these handy devices
Synopsis: Toggle clamps exert exceptional holding force, have a positive locking action, and are fast and easy to use with just one hand. They’re reasonably priced, too. In this article, Ed Hoffman discusses mechanical toggle clamps, hold-down clamps, straight-line clamps, pull-action clamps, squeeze-action clamps, and automatic toggle clamps. A side article by Douglas W. Ruffley talks about how to use toggle clamps, covering setup, optional spindles, and jig considerations.
We’ve all done it—hand-held that small piece of wood to drill, shape or cut it on a power tool while thinking there must be a safer way to do the job. Those of us who were lucky can still count 10 fingers. The others will wish they had heard of toggle clamps before they made that cut. It’s been more than 50 years since the Detroit Stamping Co., now De-Sta-Co, introduced the toggle clamp. Although there are more manufacturers today…