It's a start - first cam clamps

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It's a start - first cam clamps

Postby Eric Knapp » Sun May 15, 2016 11:32 pm

I'm trying to get my shop back in good condition and make progress towards making a guitar. I know it's a long process and I'm going to enjoy every step. I have lots of clamps that are big and heavy for furniture and cabinets. I know i need some lighter ones more focused on instrument making. I thought it would be a good thing to start working on my shop by making some cam clamps. Here are the first two.

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They are maybe not as wonderful as my 50th will be but I'm happy I got this far. The maple was just something that was in the woodpile and the cherry cams came from a board that is already 1/4" thick. These first two have lots of flaws. The young pro in me is cringing a bit, but I guess I can't jump right back to the level I was 30 years ago. (Oh, wow, it was that long!)

I don't know if you all like seeing the baby steps of beginners. Let me know if this is not a part of the forum. It's fun to document things as I go. I tell my students one of the most effective ways to learn something is to keep a log and share it with folks with similar interests. My semester is about to end and it might get warm here in Wisconsin, USA. It snowed yesterday. I get a few weeks off and I hope to make some serious progress.

Thanks,

-Eric
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Re: It's a start - first cam clamps

Postby Chuck Tweedy » Sun May 15, 2016 11:54 pm

That looks ver good to me.
The bars are aluminum?
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Re: It's a start - first cam clamps

Postby Eric Knapp » Sun May 15, 2016 11:59 pm

Chuck Tweedy wrote:That looks ver good to me.
The bars are aluminum?

Thanks and yes, the bars are aluminum. I wanted to make them as light as I could as an experiment. Once I'm jigged up I can make adjustments if that approach doesn't work. So far they seem very strong, but I don't have a Klemsia to compare them to.

-Eric
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Re: It's a start - first cam clamps

Postby Pat Foster » Mon May 16, 2016 9:20 am

They look good to me! The first pair of these I got was from a friend who had made them as his first project as an apprentice furniture maker. I still use them today, 40 years later. They have aluminum shafts. They work great and I like their lightness.

Pat
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