Introduction: T-slot Toggle Clamp

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Did you ever need to drill 100 holes in 50 wooden boards, in exactly the same spot?

This "problem" made me realize I needed something of a drilling template that could be easily set up on my bench drill. And why not make it adjustable and use the available T-slots in the mean time.

So I started with a toggle clamp, a piece of steel sheet (12mm thick) and some bolts I had laying around.

Step 1: Drill Holes and Tap Thread

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After setting out the measurements, I drilled the holes and tapped them with M5 threads

Step 2: Make the Mount Plates

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I then drilled the M10 center hole, cut off the mount plates and cleaned them up a bit.

Step 3: Fit the T-slot

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For the T-slot mounting, I took a bolt and washer.

Bolted it together with some 1mm thick steel sheet cutoffs, so I'll have sufficient clearance later.

I then cut the bolts to size.

Step 4: Welding the Mount Plates

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Next, I welded the mount plate to the bolt.

After welding, I ground the surface flat again, so the toggle clamp can be mounted flush.

Step 5: It Works

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After completion of 2 toggle clamps, I set it all up on the bench drill.

A little bit of adjustment and a very simple bump stop (just a bolt in the T-slot). I think I'll make a third clamp, to have an adjustable bump stop.

Testing on two boards; all holes in exactly the same spot!

Step 6: The Result

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This is what the end result looks like.

Took me less than an hour to build and less then 10 EUR to complete, incl. the toggle clamps that came from a well-known Chinese webshop :)

Very happy with it.

Comments

Cion Cassiano (author)2017-05-20

Hi 3-Wheeler

I made a toggle clamp and maybe you're interested (https://www.instructables.com/id/Grampo-De-Aperto-...

Congratulations for your work.

Yonatan24 (author)2017-04-21

I might make something similar in the future. Thanks!

Swansong (author)2017-04-20

Looks good :)

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