Cam Clamps

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I made these cam clamps of hickory, purchased from a new seller in town providing wood fell in our own community. This board was labelled with the name of the community adjacent to mine. So, the local wood part is neat. The instructions I followed were in the excellent book, Tool-Making Projects for Joinery and Woodworking, by Steve A. Olesin. I highly recommend the book to other beginners. I’m having great fun following along in his footsteps and learning a lot.

Wine corks were cut and glued to the clamp faces.

I still need to soften those hard edges. I can’t decide if I should leave them “raw”, or finish them, presumably with boiled linseed oil and paste wax. I am leaning towards doing so. Your opinions and especially experience are requested. Thanks.

-- --bch

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#1 posted 182 days ago

Beautiful Work, congratulations.

Cheers Tony,

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#2 posted 181 days ago

Nice! I always like broken edges. I think it makes everything more “friendly”. BLO or tung oil would turn them into works of art. No, wait. They already are.

I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated. —Paul Anderson

-- Cheers -- g

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#3 posted 181 days ago

Nice job on the clamps. I would not put any wax on the bars, you want the head to hold when the cam is tightened.

-- Jim, Long Island, NY home of the chain leg vise

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#4 posted 181 days ago

Very nice. But I have a question about the design. It seems the cross-section of the part with the pivot should be heavier to match the strength of the end piece. Or maybe the end piece is heavier than it needs to be.

-- Garry, North Carolina woodworker and engineer - The journey you're preparing for has already begun.

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#5 posted 179 days ago

Boatman53: You’re right—no wax on the bars. Thanks for the warning!

Garry: I think you are saying that the fixed clamp is thicker than the moveable clamp that has the cut and the cam in it, and that part of the design seems out of whack to you. Is that right? I think I can see why you say that. I can say all the cam clamp designs I’ve seen have looked like this, however. I’m not experienced enough to comment further.

Thanks for your comments!

-- --bch

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#6 posted 177 days ago

Who needs more clamps ,everybody .
Nice looking clamps and you did a nice job on the grain direction .

-- Kiefer 松

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#7 posted 176 days ago

I think they are beautiful.
Will be a joy to use and bring you a smile each time.
Way to go!
Best thoughts,

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

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