Cam Hook Clamp

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Project by GarageWoodworks posted 03-11-2014 11:26 PM 5034 views 17 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In February of 2012 I made a couple of cam clamps that used the Bernoulli spiral for the cam design (don’t ask why). I found myself using them frequently. They were very useful for card scraping and hand planing. I thought I would come up with a system that would allow woodworkers, that don’t have dog holes in their bench, to use these clamps. I mixed the features of a bench hook and my Bernoulli Spiral clamps and came up with what I’m calling Cam Hooks. I think it has a nice ring to it :)

The Cam Hook has at least two advantages over a traditional bench stop. One, is that a bench stop is prone to causing your work to pivot; the cams do not have this problem. You also are not limited to the length of the stock you can clamp with the cams.

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#1 posted 03-11-2014 11:32 PM

I watched the video of this project this morning and I think I might have to build this. It looks very helpful

-- steve, simple and effective

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Mark Shymanski

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#2 posted 03-12-2014 12:36 AM

An interesting solution. Thanks for posting this.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#3 posted 03-12-2014 01:37 AM

I never saw that before. Pretty slick.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#4 posted 03-12-2014 02:23 AM

Looks interesting but the video doesn’t run properly. Just use YouTube, it works.

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#6 posted 03-12-2014 07:34 AM

That is really cool. Great job and thanks for posting

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#7 posted 03-12-2014 05:43 PM

Nicely done. :-)
Now I can’t get that song out of my head. :-p

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#8 posted 03-12-2014 05:43 PM

Hello GarageWoodworks

This is the jig that we all must have in a shop.
Your combination with a bench hook is a very nice idea
Thanks s lot for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#9 posted 09-29-2018 11:58 AM

Hi there, Im going to make this. Would you be so kind and help me with a relation between the distance of the dog holes and spiral rate of increase?

-- Diego Cassels

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