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Woodworking Tips #1: Free Cam Clamp Plans

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For those of you who believe that you do not have enough clamps, I found and posted free cam clamp plans here . Easy to make and cheap. most of it can be found in your spare stick bin.

Have fun.

UPDATE

After making over 10 I posted a few after I’ve used them all to clamp fret boards when you need a lot of claps and need a lot of pressure to make sure that the fret boards are clamped tightly so you have no gap anywhere.

You can see them here



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MrWoody

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#1 posted 2297 days ago

Thanks Obi, you never have enough clamps.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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Obi

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#2 posted 2297 days ago

As I was working on my newest Bass guitar I realized I needed clamps to reach into the middle of the guitar and a Luthier friend showed me his cam clamps and I knew I could make them a lot cheaper than buying them. I ordered two and one came from Washington and one came from Pa.

Neither of them have arrived and so I found these plans and made my first one. One that cannot be purchased because it’s about 12” long. I had a steel railing that I cut up, and as soon as the factory made clamps arrive I’ll make them closer to the specs.

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flink

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#3 posted 2297 days ago

Hey, thanks a lot! No one, but no one ever has enough clamps.

-- Made lots of sawdust and pounded some nails. Haven't finished anything, though.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 2297 days ago

Thanks Obi!

Nice clamps.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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MichaelW

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#5 posted 2297 days ago

Obi,

I made up a batch last year and used roll pins instead of dowels for the cam, to secure the bar stock to the lower jaw, and to bracket the bar through the slot in the upper jaw. Might be easier than the partially gluing the dowel as this plan suggests.

-- Michael, Seattle, WA

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#6 posted 2297 days ago

Thanks Obi,

This is an interesting plan. I will print it out and try it.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Obi

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#7 posted 2297 days ago

I USED AN UNGLUED DOWEL FOR THE CAM AND SLOTTED THE JAWS JUST FOR THE PRACTICE CLAMP AND THEN DRILLED THE JAWS THROUGH THE STEEL BAR AND USED BARBED JOIST HANGER NAILS THAT DID REQUIRE A LITTLE “COAXING” BUT WORK GREAT. TOOK 4 ATTEMPTS TO GET THE PINS LINED UP PERFECTLY BUT DID IT

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olddutchman

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#8 posted 2297 days ago

This is a great project. I am dutch, and am always trying to find money saving ideas. Thanks for the plans!!!

-- Saved, and so grateful, consider who Created it ALL!!!

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Bill Akins

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#9 posted 2297 days ago

I am very short on clamps, think I’ll try it.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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tenontim

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#10 posted 2297 days ago

Thanks, Obi. I don’t really have any light weight clamps, so these should fit the bill, and like you said, it’ll cut down the scrap pile some.

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Obi

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#11 posted 2296 days ago

The amazing thing is these do a wonderful job for what they’re intended for. To clamp the middle or center of an object that is over 4 inches wide. Most clamps are great for the rim or edge of an item. Pipe clamps for gluing boards side be side or laminating narrow pieces. But for laminating something that is 12” wide, this is the way to go if you want to make sure the center of the piece is glued properly.

I’m making several of these because when it comes to gluing the top to a guitar, I’ve yet to find a better clamp.

Have fun y’all.

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grovemadman

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#12 posted 2296 days ago

These look pretty useful, I think i’ll have to make some. Don’t think it will break the bank either!

-- --Chuck

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Karson

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#13 posted 2296 days ago

Looks great Obi. Thanks for the plans.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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sIKE

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#14 posted 2296 days ago

Funny I have a pair of these that are unfinished that were given to me. The heads and cam are done just need to make the bar for it and assemble. Here a some pics of what I have:
Wood Clamp 1
Wood Clamp 2
Wood Clamp 3
Wood Clamp 4
These have wooden bars. The assembled one is not mine but I took the pics for reference.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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Obi

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#15 posted 2296 days ago

I thought I made a mistake when i built the first one, so I broke it and threw it away. Then I assembled the second one and realized that if it isnt assembled it won’t clamp… DUH !!!

My post, and I can’t even get it right.

PLANS WORK, BUILDER ERROR! I THINK I’M GOING TO FIRE THE GUY ON THE ASSEMBLY LINE.
OH WAIT, CAN’T FIRE SOMEONE WHO DOESN’T GET PAID.

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