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Comment by Ken Darga on May 2, 2017 at 7:35am

Cecil,

You can make a wedge---

suggest make it from maple.

BTW---you may want to make two such wedges---

One for thinner material and

another for clamping thicker objects.

(I have 3 different size wedges).

Make them with a small slope (low angle)---

too large a slope, will not provide a good solid grip, as it may easily be dislodged.

You want the wedge to have max surface contact with the leather pads, for max grip to avoid easily dislodging.

NOTE---don't lube the wedges surfaces.

You want max friction, during the clamping/holding operation.

Dont' make the wedge too long---as it may easily become dislodged during use.

This clamping tool can come in very handy for some shop tasks.

Sometimes I use two such tools to clamp some objects.

Comment by Cecil W Ott on May 1, 2017 at 6:28pm

Thank you very much Ken. Yes the wedge is missing . 

Comment by Ken Darga on May 1, 2017 at 12:27pm

6" Wooden Ring Clamp w/ Wedge Jewelers Hand Tool Stone Setting Engraving Repair Jewelry Making Tool

Clamp shown with "wedge"

Comment by Ken Darga on May 1, 2017 at 9:51am

Cecil, 

Clamping pressure is applied with a wedge placed into the opp end of the tool.

(The photo you posted, of the tool, doesn't contain a wedge.  Perhaps it got separated and lost,

or the person threw it away and didn't know the wedge was needed for the tool).

The ring is placed into the padded jaws---the wedge in inserted into the opp end of the tool,

tapped in tight enough to hold the ring in place.

The leather pads protect the ring material from getting marred.

The older models were made of wood, then followed by it made from a plastic material.

Comment by Cecil W Ott on April 30, 2017 at 2:37pm

It doesn't have a spring in the middle .It just rocks back and forth. How does it clap.

Comment by Cecil W Ott on April 30, 2017 at 2:33pm

Thank Ken . No one I've talked to has ever seen it. It will be a good  conversation piece. 

Comment by Ken Darga on April 30, 2017 at 1:58pm

It's a jewelry makers ring clamp.

Comment by Cecil W Ott on April 28, 2017 at 12:11pm

Does any one know what this item is? I found it  at a used item store.

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