How To Make Cam Clamps

brian forbes westfarthing woodworks author biography about me experience

Once you know how to make Cam Clamps, you will never buy them again.  For the price of one store bought Cam Clamp, you will be able to make several in the shop.  Cam Clamps are especially useful for acoustic guitar making because of their long reach.  Most clamps only grab a few inches in, but these can go much farther.

This is my video on how to make cam clamps.  It’s on the long side, but stick with it and you will know everything you need to.  Make at least a dozen or more at a time, because it saves a lot of time milling everything at once.

I have known how to make Cam Clamps for a long time, and I have been using them on my guitars for just as long.  They are also very useful around the shop.  These clamps do not create the same pressure as a bar clamp or f-clamp, however for most work that much pressure is not necessary.

These can be made from any number of hardwoods, but mine were made from Maple.  I chose this because the manufacturers use the same wood.  The rest of the parts were bought from a hardware store, and they were not expensive.  Plus, you can vary the length of the jaws and spine to create exactly the size you need.

For another quick and easy clamp, my article on Clothespin Clamps shows you how to make dozens of these.  A clothespin clamp is one of the absolute best ways to glue kerfing inside the guitar body.  The clamps grip just the right amount, and they are super inexpensive.

Once you make these clamps, you may decide to finish them.  I have both finished and unfinished clamps in my shop, but a finish is a nice touch.  The easiest way to finish these is with a wipe on finish like Tru-Oil.  My video, Finishing with Tru-Oil shows the process.

My article, How to Finish Wood with Tru-Oil is a step by step guide to finishing wood, and can make an expert finisher out of anyone.

Cam Clamps are described in detail in my book, Acoustic Guitar Making: How to make Tools, Templates, and Jigs

.  I show a detailed process on making them, as well as over 50 more tools and jigs for guitar makers.  With over 500 pages and 1600 images, there is something inside for everyone who is getting into making acoustic guitars.

Post Author-

brian forbes westfarthing woodworks llc owner

  • 20 Years Experience in Woodworking
  • 7 Published Books Available on Amazon
  • 750+ Helpful Posts Written
  • 1 Million+ Words Published
 

You Can Find My Books on Amazon!

woodworking and guitar making books
 

Filter:AllOpenResolvedClosedUnanswered
Forum Guidelines (Please Read)
ClosedWestfarthing Woodworks asked 3 months ago • 
369 views0 answers0 votes
Steel Wool and Vinegar Ukulele
AnsweredWestfarthing Woodworks answered 2 months ago • 
192 views1 answers0 votes
Building a Bass – What to Use for Painting the Body
AnsweredWestfarthing Woodworks answered 2 months ago • 
189 views1 answers0 votes
Tone Wood?
AnsweredWestfarthing Woodworks answered 3 months ago • 
293 views1 answers0 votes
Should I make a Kit First?
AnsweredBrian answered 3 months ago • 
199 views1 answers0 votes
Could DIY guitars built from kits sell?
AnsweredBrian answered 3 months ago • 
391 views1 answers0 votes
How can I build my own guitar?
AnsweredBrian answered 3 months ago • 
200 views1 answers0 votes
How do acoustic guitars work?
AnsweredBrian answered 3 months ago • 
233 views1 answers0 votes
What tools does someone need to build electric guitars?
AnsweredBrian answered 3 months ago • 
186 views1 answers0 votes
What types of bone are guitar saddles made from?
AnsweredBrian answered 3 months ago • 
223 views1 answers0 votes
Where do You Get Guitar Making Wood?
AnsweredBrian answered 3 months ago • 
258 views1 answers0 votes
Do You Need a Lot of Tools to Make a Guitar?
AnsweredWestfarthing Woodworks answered 3 months ago • 
198 views1 answers0 votes
Is it Hard to Make a Guitar?
AnsweredWestfarthing Woodworks answered 3 months ago • 
168 views1 answers0 votes
Does Tru-Oil Change the Tone of Your Instrument?
AnsweredWestfarthing Woodworks answered 3 months ago • 
207 views1 answers0 votes
Can You Make Your Own Guitar Making Tools?
AnsweredWestfarthing Woodworks answered 3 months ago • 
186 views1 answers0 votes
Easy Finishes for Guitars?
AnsweredWestfarthing Woodworks answered 3 months ago • 
195 views1 answers0 votes
Headstock Relief Angle?
AnsweredWestfarthing Woodworks answered 3 months ago • 
188 views1 answers0 votes
Building the Fretboard Off the Neck?
AnsweredWestfarthing Woodworks answered 3 months ago • 
208 views1 answers0 votes
Finishing a Guitar With the Bridge and Neck Separate?
AnsweredWestfarthing Woodworks answered 3 months ago • 
139 views1 answers0 votes
Carbon Fiber and No Truss Rod?
AnsweredWestfarthing Woodworks answered 3 months ago • 
197 views1 answers0 votes
Do Carbon Fiber Rods Fight Against the Truss Rod?
AnsweredWestfarthing Woodworks answered 3 months ago • 
173 views1 answers0 votes

An Exclusive Member of Mediavine Home

Westfarthing Woodworks LLC is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.