Product builds on sliding track system with 2-in-1 clamping
When MICROJIG, the leader in table saw accessories, introduced its MATCHFIT Dovetail Clamps, the company created an entirely new category of tool that eliminated the need for T-track and gave makers infinite hold-down placement options using sliding dovetail tracks.
Now, they are looking to build on that with another innovation to streamline the workshop: the MATCHFIT Dovetail Clamp AP.
The new clamp allows woodworkers to clamp in two directions at once, doing the work of two clamps in one with the new X-Pad accessory, which comes as standard.
You simply rout a standard 1/2in, 14 degree; dovetail groove and slide the clamp to the intended position. The green X-Pad slides over the clamp pad. Woodworkers can position the notch to the edge of the piece and clamp down, and the X-Pad pivots around the edge of the piece to apply both hold-down and inline pressure at the same time. Because the pressure comes from the top down, the product virtually eliminates the board lifting up, which is common with traditional inline clamps.
This opens up a variety of uses for woodworkers, including gluing long parts without long clamps, creating a tall fence or straight-line jig for the table saw, or securing material for use on the drill press or miter table.
The MATCHFIT Dovetail Clamp AP adds height to the Dovetail Clamps, with an 8 1/2in capacity. The X-Pad also features an internal bevel that allows makers to hold down round stock.
Finally, the new clamp features an anti-pivot coil spring. This coil allows the craftsperson to set the height of the arm—and for it to stay put. The arm will not swing around or slide down, even without support from material. That means makers can complete repeatable processes like cuts, even when switching out material.
“The Anti-Pivot technology was designed to make it easier to switch out large projects that required multiple clamps,” said Henry Wang, founder of MICROJIG. “The X-Pad helped us maintain flat contact with the work bench and solved a problem with regular inline clamps lifting the material when side pressure is applied.”
The MATCHFIT Dovetail Clamp AP is available now on MICROJIG’s website and through select retailers globally.
Like other MICROJIG products, it is backed by an extended three-year warranty and comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
This product joins others in the company’s seven product lines, including its original GRR-RIPPER. The company has been introducing innovative products designed for safety for more than 15 years, and has sold over 1 million products. Several of its product lines are No.1 best sellers on Amazon, and its MATCHFIT Dovetail Clamps were a 2019 GOOD DESIGN Award winner. MICROJIG’s goal is to end table saw injuries altogether.
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