Sliding Dovetail Toggle Clamps

July 27th, 2018

I recently had the idea of trying to make  a toggle clamp more versatile in the wodshop.  What I came up with was a sliding dovetail attachment that can be used with your existing toggle clamps.  So far I am pleased with how well they work in the shop. With the add-on, you can quickly move your toggle clamps from jig to jig without having to use screws to attach them.

The build video can be viewed here.  In the video I wasn’t very clear regarding the sizing of the male dovetail.  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.

If you make these and find them useful, please let me know.  Also ask me any questions if anything isn’t clear.

 

 

A Modern Drawer Box Table

April 18th, 2018

I really love Krenov’s ‘cabinet on a stand’ style of furniture.  Three years ago, I made a hall table (first photo below) which features two drawer boxes ‘on a stand’; which I think the inspiration came from Krenov’s work (build video series).

I wanted to take the design concept of ‘drawer boxes on a stand’ to a side table.  To that end, I designed one with a drawer box that is constructed with miter joints and features cool tapered legs with a decorative curve (a portion of an ellipse) at the top of each leg.  You can download the SketchUp file for free here.

I filmed >95% of the build and the video series can be viewed here.  The third and final video will be published on Friday.

 

 

 

 

 

A Farm Getaway

April 8th, 2018

As evidenced by my woodworking-related social media posts slowing to a trickle, I was away from my woodshop last week.  My family and I, including some extended family, rented a farmhouse in the western part of Virginia – a relaxing retreat in an early 1900-era farmhouse.  This required that I put my table build on hold for a week, but it was a welcomed and blissful change of pace.  Although I am not particularly fond of leaving dimensioned project pieces unassembled on my bench for too long, it is sometimes unavoidable.  Now that I’m home and fully energized from my exposure to the outdoors, I hope to make copious progress this coming week.  If you find yourself in the very unfortunate position of having missed the first installment of my table build, then I highly recommend that after you’ve completed reading this delicious word ensemble that you bring your attention here.