29 comments on “Cam Clamp – Episode 2

  1. Always a pleasure watching your craftsmanship! You mentioned in Episode 2 that the mortising chisel does not have a bevel as you put on bench chisels. You have probably in some class that I missed said why that is; so I ask why no bevel on a mortising chisel?

    • Forrest,
      Paul’s comment was about the length of the bevel on the mortise chisel he’s using being longer than that on a bevel edge bench chisel and thus applies more pressure when levering. They both have a bevel but the mortise chisel is wider.
      Hope this helps.

  2. I’m having a reality problem, feeling a bit light-headed–I thought I saw Paul using a power tool for making a mortise 🙂

    Wonderful series. I built a pair of these (9-inch throat) myself a while back after seeing a luthier demonstrate them. I seldom use them, but when you need them, nothing else will do.

  3. Paul, thanks for the videos. I always enjoy watching and learning from you.
    I am unfamiliar with the wood you said you were using on these clamps. Sapita? I tried googling it, and got nowhere, so probably my spelling is wrong.

  4. Beautiful! Thank you Paul.
    I tried to find the kind of pin you describe that “rolls ínto itself” but I seem fail.
    If I understand you correctly this is of thinner material than a slotted pin and similar to a “rolled wafer”.
    Please tell me wher to find such rolled pins.
    All I can find on ebay are of slotted type.

    • Or use thicker bar stock instead. I could use a couple of these myself and the narrowest chisel I have is 1/4″. I’ll be getting 1/4″ bar stock, not 1/8″. Simple solution. If you’re worried about weight get aluminum instead of steel.

  5. The “coiled” pins Paul references are made by Spirol International in Danielson, Connecticut, USA. They have 2-1/4 turns. Google “Spirol Pins” and I’m sure you will find local source(s) that carries them. After you start looking for them you will see how widely they are used in both static and dynamic applications. Particularly in hinge applications. They are widely used by the automotive and appliance industry. I hope this helps.

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