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I have started a new project building my first cello. It seems to be a right of passage for serious instrument builders. I noticed on a blog that these clamps were used so I searched the net and found some plans. They seem to work quite well. Not bad out of a pile of scrap beech. I still need to put cork pads on the jaws, due in the post any day now, isn’t ebay great. I needed 6 clamps which took about 3hrs to complete. If I had a circular saw, planer and thicknesser it would have taken less time I had to do morticing of the cam slot with drill and chisel at the bench. Good for the soul I guess.

-- Dave D





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1378 days ago

Cool clamps Dave I like the idea of making clamps.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 1378 days ago

Great concept and well made. Thanks for sharing with us.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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L3Woodworks

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#3 posted 1378 days ago

Those look great! And that is a fantastic idea. Now the wheels are turning in my own little head.

-- We are all just one moment of arrogance away from disaster

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#4 posted 1378 days ago

I love the idea of making clamps too Jim… with the cost of clamps today!

Paul

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araldite

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#5 posted 1378 days ago

They’re not only functional but they look good too. Plus you can make them to the exact size you need for your projects. Thanks, I’m gonna keep that one in mind.

-- Failure is the road to success if you learn to learn from your mistakes - Vince, Greenville, SC

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RonPeters

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#6 posted 1378 days ago

Very nice clamps. I actually bought some from stewmac because they were inexpensive, but there’s nothing like home made clamps. If you have the link to the plans, could you message me? Thx.

I’ve got two violins on the bench right now.

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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Houtje

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#7 posted 1377 days ago

these are looking very nice

Houtje

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#8 posted 1377 days ago

Well done and like the others I agree hand made is where it is…

-- David '65

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#9 posted 1377 days ago

Man, those are nice, thanks.

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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mafe

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#10 posted 1377 days ago

Really nice clamps.
Best thoughts,
MaFe

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 1377 days ago

Those are really neat. That concept could be used in other types of clamping situations.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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itsmic

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#12 posted 1377 days ago

Nice clamps, they look to be made very well, I, like the rest would like to see more, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#13 posted 1377 days ago

Wow, Great job. I need some of those as well. Where did you find the plans? I would like to make some of these. Thanks for sharing.

-- Hersh from Port Angeles, WA - Gotta Complete That Project!

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#14 posted 1376 days ago

Great clamps ,give us a link please ,thanks john50

-- john50

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techyman2

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#15 posted 1376 days ago

Hi everybody, Since quite a few have asked here is a useful link for info http://www.woodshoptips.com/tips/050304/index.htm

-- Dave D

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