Mystery Woodcraft Tool

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Blog entry by stavely posted 04-01-2012 11:52 PM 1192 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Help…my curiosity is getting the best of me!!! Some years ago a friend of mine, unfortunately dying of brain cancer, gave me this tool from Woodcraft. My friend’s disease was so advanced however that he could not speak clearly or write and was unable to tell me the purpose for this tool, gig or gauge. This constructed wooden thing is 10” long, 1 ½” tall and 7/8” wide with a cam operating lever at each end. Operating the levers at the end adjust the thin slots that are cut into the device. Perhaps one of you out in “wood-working” land knows what it is.

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Mike DeCarlo

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#1 posted 04-02-2012 12:50 AM

I would say its a Luthiers Cam Clamp…


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#2 posted 04-02-2012 12:50 AM

Perhaps you can contact Woodcraft and they could tell you. Either corporate or a nearby store if you have one.

I don’t really know, but in the meantime, I’ll take a scientific, wild-a$$ guess (otherwise known as a SWAG.)

I’m thinking that you lay a pipe clamp in that semi-circular divot in the center of the clamp and tighten it down to a piece of wood. Then you snug up the clamps on both sides to keep the wood from warping or cupping.

Probably a lame guess, but that’s the best I’ve got. Good luck.


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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Chris Cook

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#3 posted 04-02-2012 01:22 AM

It is a bowl-makes depth tool. It allows you to keep a check on a bowls width and depth while turning it on a lathe.

Actually, Mike got it right “Luthiers Cam Clamp…”

-- Chris, “as soon as you come up with something foolproof, they come up with a better fool""

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#4 posted 04-02-2012 01:27 AM

It helps you make bowls on a lathe.


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#5 posted 04-02-2012 04:38 AM

It is a Luthiers Cam Clamp. You can make these out of scraps. Very easy and useful, especially if you do not need a lot of pressure

-- Norman

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