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Misc. Shop Stuff #53: Cam Clamps, Anyone?

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 01-15-2016 05:45 AM 1455 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It started with a blog whose author I can’t recall, but the image of the clamps in use caught my eye and wouldn’t be gone. They reminded me of the bench ducks offered by Veritas when I first saw them…

... only not quite. These clamps tightened by a lever rather than a twist. Too cool, the bug bit, and I was on a mission. More searching of the interwebz lead to another blog discussion of weird clamps, and between that dialog and some OldTools talk I found the keyword: Cam. An image search of “cam clamp vintage” served up what I was seeking:

A few days of searching on eBay (I told you the bug bit, but if you’re reading this I don’t have to explain) got me the goods: E.C. Stearns cam clamps! Nice pair, almost steel in feel. Good to have new blood in the shop family! Then I came across several “Case” cam clamps. These are cast iron —nice heft to them—and very nice.

Not much else to say about them at present, but I do like cam action clamps. I won’t be replacing all the Pony / Jorgys on the wall by any stretch, but it’ll be hard to pass by other cams that cross my path. That’s all for now, thanks for looking!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --



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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#1 posted 01-15-2016 10:35 AM

Nice clamps – and nice find! Sort of the metal version of these wooden luthiers clamps i guess.
Can theybe used with one hand?

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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Don W

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#2 posted 01-15-2016 12:23 PM

I just got one myself.

I haven’t had a chance to clean it up yet.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#3 posted 01-15-2016 12:25 PM

When I saw all the posts you’d made Smitty, thought for a moment you’d exploded..lol..neat clamps, have to keep an eye out for that type now.

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#4 posted 01-15-2016 01:18 PM

What kind is it, Don?

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#5 posted 01-15-2016 03:49 PM

Good stuff, Smitty.
Looks like the value of camming clampys just went up.
LOL!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#6 posted 01-15-2016 03:51 PM

Had a bunch of things in my head, Glen, so to LJs they went! Yeah, kind of a flurry but I’m only killing electrons here. :-)

—Can they be used with one hand… Haven’t tried, maybe if theyr’e upside down?

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#7 posted 01-15-2016 04:09 PM

Smitty, you’ve been a busy little monkey.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#8 posted 01-15-2016 04:38 PM

I’ve been thinking of doing this same search. Love the idea. I’ll get the Veritas version one day.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Don W

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#9 posted 01-15-2016 06:25 PM



What kind is it, Don?

- Smitty_Cabinetshop

I’m not sure. The patent date is all I see (although I haven’t had time to really clean it up and look) is all I see and it doesn’t even look like a real patent date.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#10 posted 01-16-2016 03:53 AM

Cams are great!

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#11 posted 01-31-2016 06:10 PM

So much great stuff from the past.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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