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    SawStop sliding table

    Colleagues: I run a SawStop with the smaller sliding table. Works well.

    Now here's my question: is there an aftermarket or shop fabricated clamp that will fit/work on the sliding table fence?
    Last edited by Ray Newman; 07-11-2018 at 9:52 PM.

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    I've never seen one, but looked at the fence online. The Microjig dovetail clamps look like they might fit and are useful in their own right if they don't.

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    From the profile it look like a small f-style clamp would do. despite having a wide variety of tracks and fixtures for things I just use one of these on my sleds more often than not. For deeper clamping to a fence I use a parallel clamp of a close size.
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    Thought more 'bout this today and am going to take a look at the Bessey auto-adjust toggle clamps -- https://www.woodcraft.com/products/b...gle-clamp-high --
    and the River toggles, such as -- https://www.woodcraft.com/products/w...00-lb-capacity

    Might need to change out the threaded stem for a longer one.

    Just need to figure out how to mount them so they can moveable along the fence

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    mounting along the fence is one of the advantages of the microjig dovetail clamp -- if it fits the grove in that fence, which I suspect it will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Newman View Post
    Thought more 'bout this today and am going to take a look at the Bessey auto-adjust toggle clamps -- https://www.woodcraft.com/products/b...gle-clamp-high --
    and the River toggles, such as -- https://www.woodcraft.com/products/w...00-lb-capacity

    Might need to change out the threaded stem for a longer one.

    Just need to figure out how to mount them so they can moveable along the fence
    Ah-ha, I misunderstood; you want downward pressure. I use the Bessey auto-adjust clamps for template routing.

    template-routing-jig-v2-8.jpg

    They are a real time saver. BTW, the Rockler version is terribly inconsistent in clamping pressure and I would avoid them.

    If you didn't want to make your own plates for them to mount to, Lee Valley offers some; the t-bolts may have to be swapped for something that fits your track. The auto-adjust clamps also come in a smaller form which may or may not help.
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    Ray, I would be cautious with clamps such as the autoadjust types. These create much force from inside the track - I tried out a couple on aluminium track inserts, and it bent them. What I use on my Hammer K3 is a version (there are a number of brands available) of the Incra Track Clamp, which screw down, so you can adjust the down force.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek

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    Glenn Bradley: thanks for the Lee Valley link! Looks like it might work.

    Derek: saw your response and checked the Bessey web site. Bessey claims the clamping force for the auto-adjust clamps is adjustable from approximately 25 to 550 pounds. I also looked at the sliding table fence. It is fabricated from 5mm thick MM ("Mystery Metal"). With a low clamping force, it just might not distort??

    I prefer the quick action type clamps. Recently ran a project that needed 10 dadoes and 4 rabbets. To hold the parts down, I utilized a block of wood held to the fence by a small F-clamp. Became tiring/time consuming adjusting the clamp/wood block every time I moved the parts for another cut.

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    Slightly off topic,

    i looked at at the SS slider and the thing that bugs me is taking the miter fence on and off. If I want to feed a big piece of plywood, the fence has to come off. It seemed to me that the procedure is just too involved.

    comments?

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