Cam Clamp Making by Hand PartII
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The 2nd part to my making cam clamps by hand, three-part series is available as of now for those who enjoy the experience of hand work and making their own woodworking tools and equipment. They are quick and enjoyable to make and not difficult as long as you follow the steps carefully and use the right wood. The disciplines of hand work and working the tools becomes magnified because of the tight tolerance the added risk (and benefits) of handwork brings to craftwork like this, so take your time, settle in, practice a little and enjoy. Somehow it seemed more fitting to make these by hand. Personally I think it is especially fitting as cutting 1/8” through mortises for the steel shaft can be problematic by machine.
Over on woodworking master classes we just finished up the tutorial introducing sharpening your first crosscut saws to complete our saw sharpening reference work here on my blog over the years and also the WWMC archives on tools and technique videos. If you are a subscriber you do have a access to this aspect of our work so there are many videos you can also watch as instruction for woodworking by hand. This video will be available after 5pm on Monday 11 April.
We just finished filming the next series for woodworkingmasterclasses.com, which will be broadcast in a couple of weeks. The Hanging tool cabinet has been an extensive major work on our part covering door making drawer making how to fit and hang doors, and fit drawers without the ugly overlay types so congrats go to everyone who made this series more presentable than I can on my own. This was much more than making a wall cupboard. It was instructional on many levels; how to make a dovetailed carcass, panelled backs, framed dividers with M&T construction, how to size a door, how to make a door, how to hang doors, set hinges, make and fit drawers and even how to make hand made coving and more. So, though it was extensive, it now forms an integral part of our instructional videos. Remember that we have hundreds of videos specialising in the conservation and sustainability of hand work in woodworking members have access to. Support our work by becoming either a non-paying subscriber or a full paying a member. The more exchange we get the better our work becomes and the broader our outreach around the world. Our community grows steadily and we have other irons in the fire to keep improving this work for the hundreds of thousands we reach every month around the world.