Put the squeeze on high priced clamps with these free cam clamp plans. …. Just make your own
You can construct as many clamps as you require in varying lengths and at huge cost savings.
I saw a picture and description of these clamps on Instructable’s that were designed by Mike from Wood Shop Mike. I just redrew them in Sketchup and provided dimensions them in Metric and British units. If you would prefer there are plans and construction details on Mike’s website as well. Just follow this LINK.
I was so impressed with the design I wanted to share it with my fellow woodworkers.
This plan 100 mortising jig is the easiest way to create mortises in the ends or sides of rails and stiles. The jig was designed to make use of shop-made floating (loose) tenon joinery.
When mounted on your workbench it provides a stable accurate platform to rout your mortises on the ends of your rails for the floating tenons. Turn the jig around and now you can clamp your work piece horizontally and you are mortising the rest of your cross rails.
The jig is designed to work with a handheld router and your guide fence, making accurate mortises every time.
Made to work with shop made tenons, just round over the appropriate width and thickness of material cut them to the required length and you have inexpensive floating tenons for strong M&T Joints.
NOTE:Fine Woodworking tested the strength of standard integral tenons and loose tenon joinery and found no difference in strength.
3 IN 1 Planing Jig (Free) For years now I have made and used three separate jigs when using a hand plane. By combining all three into one I have now saved valuable wall space (where I hang my jigs) and the convenience of having all three planing jigs available in one place.
The first part of the jig is a normal bench hook which is an invaluable tool in any shop, simply hook it over the edge of your bench and plane and cut to your heart’s content.
The second part of the jig was the edition of the sub base which in essence turns the bench hook into a shooting board.
The shooting board is used to trim end grain, square the end of a board, fine tune a tenon, or create a chamfer – just about any job that requires your work-piece to be held quickly and securely without having to clamp it down.
Finally by adding the removable miter fence you can shoot your delicate miters accurately and efficiently on the planing jig.
This jig is a very basic woodworking tool but a must for anyone that does even the smallest amount of hand work in the shop.
The coping jig sled is a basic design that I saw advertised commercially for $90.00. I felt it could be built in the shop for $15 – 20.00 including the cost of this inexpensive plan 🙂 so I drew it up.
The advantage I see with this style of jig as opposed to the work-piece on top versions is everything is referenced from the router table top. Therefore you don’t need to have your bit raised up extremely high or use a collet extension. The movable work holder will even pivot to let you cope an angled work-piece. The transparent fence rides along your router table fence for perfect cope cuts every time.
This shop made coping jig is an inexpensive alternative to commercial models.