BBBandsaw, not HHHandsaw. I like the bandsaw because if I have a waney
edge it is likely because it is a valuable board. And the bandsaw has
a very thin kerf. But I have to say if I had a track saw I might use
it in this application.
Roll your own from 6" lengths of scrap 1 x 2. Drill a 1/2"
hole in the middle of each. Install over carriage bolts, with
wing nuts to tighten. One end of the toggle/cleat/whatever
you call it sits over your workpiece. The other end sits on top
of a block of scrap, same thickness (or close to same thickness)
as your workpiece.
Place a spring over the bolt to lift the toggle if you're doing
You're right about the toggle clamps. I made one years ago and
it was a PITA moving the clamps around to accommodate varying
width boards. Now I just tack a strip of hardboard/masonite to the
board with carpet tacks. Carpet tacks have yet to break and leave
a piece of steel in the board like brads can. And the hole is wedge
shaped and usually heals nicely with a drop of water.
Personally - since I enjoy woodworking - I make my own out of wood.
1. Piece of hardwood maybe 1" x 1 1/4" x 8-9"
(a) 1/4" slot in above an inch or so long
(b) 1" semicircle cut out above slot center
2. split 1" dowel
(a) glue a piece under one or both ends of #1
(b) cut a piece to fit in the semicircle cut out and drill 1/4" hole
3. Hook all together with a 1/4" carriage bolt, appropriately placed fender
washers and a knob. The longer the bolt the thicker the stock it will hold
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