19 comments on “Cam Clamp – Project Info

  1. Paul,

    Your attention to detail & meticulous work reminds me of my Grandfathers & Father, who were engineers, and cabinet maker/builders. I was allowed to use workshop, tools & materials of a quality anyone would die for today, provided I had a plan to show them with a list of material/ cutting list etc.

    I was shown how not to hit my thumb with the hammer by using both hands on the hammer(workplace health & safety), as well as how to use & lookafter the tools.

    You are giving a great deal to many people I’m certain.

    It’s my turn to teach Grandchildren now, but I could never achieve the best result without your help.


    • Most likely 18v but 12 should do fine also. He uses it in the first gear, I believe, since the holes come out cleaner at slower speeds.

      Still, sharp bits are much more important than the thing moving it, even though DeWalts are very nice in the hand.

  2. Watched the vids a couple of times, then built a clamp, but used screw thread instead of a cam as I needed to tighten a bit more over a 750 mm length. Great stuff, will now make some smaller as per Pauls video.

  3. This is great, as I need these for a Ukulele build I am doing with my daughter. I built 2 of them, however they aren’t staying tight unless I turn the cam almost 180 degrees. If I tighten up around 90 degrees or less the pressure just pushes the cam back. Am I missing something?

    • Hi Steve,

      Paul says:

      Not really, sometimes depending on the wood, wood type and the distance, this cam compression can vary remarkably. Try using some rosin, which you get for violin strings, onto the circumference of the cam, this will help the cam stick.

      Kind Regards,

      • Great thanks! I strip sanded the cam a bit and then put some rosin on as suggested. My daughter had some from gymnastics or softball? Not sure, either way, the clamp works like a champ now! Hope that tidbit helps anyone else who has that problem. and the ukulele is coming along nicely, though i think i’ll have to make one of these clamps thinner to get into the sound hole to clamp the bridge on. Should be interesting.

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