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Home Made Cam Clamps - Lighter Than Commercial Ones !

You need lots of these !

Made from a 25mm slab of beech (after planing), some roll pins and 20mm x 6mm aluminium bar (very light weight). They cost a lot less than the Klemmsia clamps (but a fair bit of work is needed for each one) and are also a fair bit lighter. I plan on joining the back to the sides with cam clamps so I want them to be lightweight.

I also bought a number of Klemmsia clamps. Additionally, I had a number of spring clamps, G clamps and F clamps handy.


  • Number 4 plane, number 5 plane, block plane.
  • Chisels.
  • Sharpening stone (I use a Japanese waterstone).
  • Lots of clamps (many cam, F, G, spring, strap, etc).
  • Lots of sand paper - 40, 80, 120, 240 grit. (Plus finer grits for finishing).
  • Glue - Titebond. (Also IPS Weld-On #16 for plastic bindings).
  • Lots of clothes pegs
  • Rulers, set squares, straight edges.
  • Marking knife.
  • A dremel rotary tool came in handy.
  • A router (I used both a router table and a handheld Trend T3).
  • Access to power tools is very useful, but not essential (I had access to band saws, a table saw, a rotary sander, planers, a thicknesser and a pillar drill).
  • Lots of scrap wood (for making jigs, cauls, wedges, etc).
  • A non-slip mat was really handy for sanding, chiselling and even routing with a few clamps to act as end stops.

    Router Binding Attachment

    The ledges for the binding and purfling need to be perpendicular to the sides. This is not the same as being perpendicular to the top and back, since they are radiused. I built a jig to use a twin flute router cutter (rather than a more expensive rebate cutter) in order to cut ledges of a set depth.

    Alternative (but more costly) approaches are to use a laminate trimmer, a custom built jig based on parallelograms or rebate cutters with a set of different sized bearings.