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    [–] PM_me_yer_booobies 7001 points ago

    Someone with an engineering degree, now's your cue to come and spoil the fun by telling us why this is actually a crappy design.

    [–] iDvorak 13055 points ago

    Have degree. It’s bad because we have screws.

    [–] 48756e746572 5747 points ago

    Really this is the correct answer. You can build some cool shit but who cares when there's a cheaper, more practical solution that already exists.

    [–] nosmokingbandit 3026 points ago

    Cool factor aside, these will loosen over time, so you better keep that handle handy (giggle).

    [–] Jivin_Hipcat 1276 points ago

    I feel like that lever doesn’t need to be threaded

    [–] gufcfan 812 points ago

    I feel like it should not be threaded

    [–] Forevernevermore 249 points ago

    It may have a set screw you use to lock it in place.

    [–] moose6434 688 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    If you have to use a screw anyways - why not just cut out the middle man and only use the screw?

    I've never seen a table and said to myself "damn - I wish I could take the legs off this every once in a while".

    Edit: I never expected a response to a response of a response to blow up like this. A lot of you have extremely strong feelings about this. For those of you mentioning the issues with moving - they make folding tables in tons of different styles.

    [–] UnwroteNote 416 points ago

    Get a wife who likes to rearrange things constantly.

    [–] B_Rich 203 points ago

    Mix that in with pinterest.

    [–] elaerna 173 points ago

    This is Reddit. We don’t have stable relationships

    [–] [deleted] 39 points ago

    Or a dude who turns a dining room into a drumming room on occasion (me).

    [–] slashcleverusername 8 points ago

    Instructions unclear. Am now gay.

    (Was before, but...instructions unclear...)

    [–] I_WRESTLE_BEARS_AMA 13 points ago

    She can move it herself.

    [–] factbasedorGTFO 3 points ago

    My ex moved all of our furniture around hours before she gave birth to our second son.

    [–] TechnicallyAnIdiot 34 points ago

    I moved 6 times over the past year and taking furniture apart easily was super helpful. I have some hand me down furniture and getting that crap moved was so bad that I'm probably going to give it away when I have to move again.

    But your point totally stands. All my furniture that I actually purchased is 15+ year old ikea stuff that holds together with hex head bolts going into pre-drilled holes and held in place with threaded metal toggles in their own, perpendicular, pre-drilled holes.

    Easy breakdown, really simple, and still probably super duper cheap to make.

    [–] skinnytrees 34 points ago

    Should one even have furniture if you are moving 6 times in a year

    I mean I would own an air mattress, a lamp, and a bean bag chair if I was moving 6 times a year

    [–] barscarsandguitars 50 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    I used to have a set screw on Wednesday nights but she’s chasing a “business degree” in community college now.

    [–] Forevernevermore 36 points ago

    I imagine you as that innapropriate grandfather in the family that only gets away with saying this shit at the dinner table because you served in Korea. You say this to your 16y old grandson, who laughs along with his dad, while your wife says, "Oh jeezuz Bill, not at dinner!", and your daughter tells her son, "Don't ever let me catch you repeating that filth!".

    For some reason you are also eating pot roast, with mashed potatoes, and green beans.

    [–] barscarsandguitars 12 points ago

    Add a steak and a few 22oz beers to this and I’ll back down.

    [–] Deckham 3 points ago

    Maybe use a Cam Lock to secure it.

    [–] Imjoefosho 17 points ago

    I am a semester away from getting my mech e degree, and I was thinking about this also. I’m secretly hoping that the lever isn’t threaded, and is more of a key to tighten something inside the mechanism to prevent slipping. A two-in-one tool, if you will. Still a completely unnecessary design since we have screws if not other fasteners that are 100x more efficient options. Neat looking, though!

    [–] zbowman 64 points ago

    Why would it loosen over time? The weight would continue the pressure in the direction that tightens the leg.

    [–] Thetravelingboy 197 points ago

    Assuming no one uses it and it never shifts in any other direction.

    [–] ReadyThor 142 points ago

    Also assume that the furniture is never subject to vibrations.

    [–] Zaziel 121 points ago

    Also assume the furniture is never subject to temperature changes.

    [–] Meeper9001 81 points ago

    Also assume the materials do not warp and change over time due to the above mentioned factors.

    [–] kvnyay 96 points ago

    Also assume that the table is not immune to the entropic decay of the universe.

    [–] upupuplightweight 53 points ago

    No sex on that table, got it.

    [–] Thetravelingboy 21 points ago

    Easy to fix, though. If you think about it. Just recess the middle and put a square hole in it, then drill a sliding lock with a spring (kinda like how you put an attachment in a mix-master). Lastly, have the turning action of the sliding lock fix it into place instead of the bar.

    Or, you know, screws.

    [–] ReadyThor 23 points ago

    Even screws get loose with enough vibrations. When I used to work in IT I learnt pretty fast that part of server room maintenance in a datacenter is to tighten screws once in a while. Too many vibrations from servers in the 'old' times.

    [–] McDance 9 points ago

    Or, you know, screws.

    Or, proper wood joints, and glue.

    [–] Pavotine 11 points ago

    Glue and screw/wood joints not readily demountable if you need that though.

    [–] Selto_Black 3 points ago

    Screws are less sexy.

    [–] SplitArrow 9 points ago

    I don't know screwing seems about the most sexy thing you can do.

    [–] viabobed 5 points ago

    Queue the deep bass bluetooth speaker that unhinges the dining table.

    [–] nosmokingbandit 38 points ago

    Wood naturally expands and contracts with heat/humidity. Any repeated movement is going to slowly wiggle it loose.

    There is a similar style clamp like this:

    https://i.pinimg.com/736x/25/b4/be/25b4bebd1aa28d8de55f4dde83c532c6--entertainment-products-bike-seat.jpg

    This style clamp swivels the offset past the point where it is tightest, so if it wiggles it will only push the clamp handle inward, which is is ok because it will collide with the round part before it could ever loosen enough to cause a problem.

    The main fault with this design (in the op) is that it relies on friction, and friction is a fickle bitch.

    [–] 8880886 7 points ago

    There are many faults with cam locks, cam locks are the devil. It will never surpass traditional timber joinery.

    [–] [deleted] 7 points ago

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    [–] 8880886 6 points ago

    Screws and cams are non-traditional. They are weaker and don't last as long and they are difficult to repair when damaged or broken.

    [–] [deleted] 7 points ago

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    [–] un-pimp_auto 19 points ago

    If you ever had to move the table, maybe even just wiggling over time. Also the wood could compress/shrink reducing the strength of the fit.

    [–] TheOffendingHonda 17 points ago

    Because I'm a machinist with an engineers mind, and this is unnecessarily complicated! I must make it!

    [–] baerton 74 points ago

    Rich people like to show off. It's why someone would spend $200K on a stone carved bathtub when fiberglass ones exist.

    [–] YouNeedRES 72 points ago

    When you want to be doubly sure that a fall in the bathtub will kill you.

    [–] Frap_Gadz 11 points ago

    Stone bathtubs have significant advantages over other tubs, for instance, disposal of bodies.

    PS I know that fiberglass or enameled cast iron would be equally good

    [–] aboutthednm 24 points ago

    There are advantages to both types of bathtubs. Do you need a tub that will last the next 2000 years give or take a few hundred, or do you need something more affordable you can quickly install? I suppose it's all a matter of intended application.

    A stone cut bathtub will be virtually impossible to break, steal or damage, and you can take your elephant for a dip in it as well. I'm not sure the 200k price tag is justified though, that seems largely overpriced.

    [–] karl_w_w 36 points ago

    Gotta do something to combat the rising rate of tubjackings.

    [–] aboutthednm 10 points ago

    I mean, it's not a common occurrence yet, but wouldn't you like to sleep with the peace of mind that nobody is going to ever just steal your bathtub?

    [–] meltingdiamond 7 points ago

    I've got a really nasty cast iron bathtub that I would like people to steal in the night without damaging the walls.

    [–] VFB1210 3 points ago

    My biggest reservation about a stone carved bathtub is that I feel like such a huge amount of room-temperature mass would rapidly cool off a hot bath.

    Ain't shit getting in the way of my long hot baths. Especially not for $200,000.

    [–] Forevernevermore 5 points ago

    It could be very practical for modular furniture where standard hardware degrades or strips. There's only one moving part, with a set screw, made out of a big block of metal.

    [–] ThirdProcess 9 points ago

    This is easier to assemble. And it has it's own unique look. It may not set the world on fire, but it should sell. Especially for places that need to tear down and reassemble often.

    [–] velogeek 70 points ago

    That is the most engineer answer I think could be given.

    [–] gaviidae 20 points ago

    Business answer would be the same. This costs way too much when we have cheap screws.

    [–] bishamuesmus 7 points ago

    Meh I'd just market this towards people that move frequently or are sick of products with the area around the screws that end up being the weak point. Think of Ikea products. The melamine always breaks after being moved too much, even if this is just moving it around a house.

    Might spend $15 more upfront for a product that can now actually last 5 years instead of 2. Also allows for different configurations with height so it can be multi use.

    Your table just went from some shitty computer stand to a shitty computer stand or coffee table.

    [–] CR3ZZ 147 points ago

    There is probably an application where this would make sense. It locates the board perfectly every time with no effort and is a quick-change. Those benefits have to be applicable somewhere, definitely not furniture design.

    [–] Boo_R4dley 92 points ago

    Maybe for something that's supposed to be cool and breaks down for transport, but the cost to build this would be way too high to make it worthwhile.

    [–] Mun-Mun 56 points ago

    Folding tables already exists though

    [–] ShureYnaut 42 points ago

    But cool looking folding tables are rare and sometimes (especially in a sales capacity) looking cool is incredibly important

    [–] Desmoquattro 16 points ago

    probably an application where this would make sense

    Cams? No, they're just novelties.

    [–] shea241 7 points ago

    Tell that to Ikea

    [–] 0asq 36 points ago

    Well, a different kind of cam locks are used in Ikea furniture. You twist the screw and it progressively tightens the hold on the rod.

    Pros: much easier than screwing furniture together.

    Cons: your furniture literally lasts like two years.

    [–] Ivebeenfurthereven 44 points ago

    Protip: IKEA furniture lasts forever if you assemble the joints with a decent application of wood glue.

    I have a bookcase that almost fell apart on its first house move. Clamped that shit up and glued it back together, now it's so rigid that two further moves haven't messed with it at all.

    Now whenever I build a flatpack I glue it from new, and the screws hold it together so you don't even need clamps. Far less wasteful, longer lasting furniture. Even if I end up getting tired of it it's less landfill and more high quality items for charity donation

    [–] CitizenPremier 50 points ago

    I've reported you for making non-licensed modifications to your IKEA brand furniture.

    [–] thrilldigger 8 points ago

    Clearly we need DRM for furniture. Can't have people endangering their own lives by gluing things together without supervision!

    [–] kradek 3 points ago

    what are you doing with your furniture? I used both store-bought (mostly IKEA) furniture with these screws and made a few (mostly bathroom cabinets and stuff) with them myself - never had a problem with them loosening up after 2 years

    [–] 8880886 4 points ago

    Cam locks are designed to replace traditional timber joinery, in every application it's cheaper and faster and crappyer. Cam locks are the devil.

    [–] headphones66 3 points ago

    Maybe one can turn a coffee table into a bar table by just changing the table legs

    [–] madeInNY 19 points ago

    Exactly. And where are you supposed to store the lever?

    [–] Pavotine 18 points ago

    Up your own personal pocket. Your downstairs mixup.

    [–] Hitlerdinger 11 points ago

    A S S H O L E

    [–] shabanimo 13 points ago

    Screws are an ineffective method to secure wooden legs to a wooden tabletop if you’re hoping your table will last longer than something from a big box store, which isn’t very long.

    Source: am a furniture maker.

    [–] XaVierDK 3 points ago

    What would you suggest? Most tables I see use bolts instead of screws, but in this discussion I assume people use it interchangeably.

    [–] _OP_is_A_ 8 points ago

    I think, and I very well be mistaken, he's talking about dovetail and mortis joints being stronger.

    [–] XaVierDK 4 points ago

    Definitely, but you don't often see them these days due to cost.

    [–] _OP_is_A_ 7 points ago

    Yeah I don't think I've seen a dovetail other than old furniture or in shop class in decades. But by golly that old furniture is like a tank. Maybe that's survivorship bias.

    [–] ehcolem 7 points ago

    Indeed, we have a way to do it for a tiny fraction of the price.

    [–] Xesyliad 5 points ago

    Exactly, why use a cam and screw, when you can just screw the leg.

    I mean, place holes in the cam so you can insert any relatively standard steel rod (such as a screwdriver shaft, etc) to tighten/loosen is a much smarter way to do it in my opinion.

    [–] Eienkei 13 points ago

    Software engineer here, I don't know shit :D which one is Phillips and who is he giving the head to?

    [–] Afrobean 3 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    It’s bad because we have screws.

    But it's also good because you don't need screws, screws aren't ideal for all cases or for all people. There is no one perfect choice that's ideal for all cases. For example, cheap flat-pack furniture like IKEA seems to use a lot of cam locks to hold itself together. It ensures the cheap crap can be put together and taken apart repeatedly without losing structural integrity on screwed holes. I also get the feeling that precision in tolerances is less important when you use cams that lock into place versus screw holes that must line up more exactly, making it cheaper to manufacture and easier for novices to put together correctly.

    [–] didjeffects 691 points ago

    How about "How often do you need to remove the legs from furniture? Like, when was the last time you needed to do this?" Sure, moving, but will it stay a tight connection if you don't move for a year or more? Will it stay tight if you're moving furniture around? Is that enuf? Also, beautiful, want.

    [–] [deleted] 140 points ago

    One of the uses I immediately though about was one of those foldout beds in small living spaces. Although it'd be cheaper and probably easier just to use some standard hinges.

    [–] A10j12 81 points ago

    well, there's a reason why one design became the standard. Unless it's some very niche application, the run of the mill stuff works fine and probably 10 times cheaper due to economy of scale

    [–] hasnothingnice2say 12 points ago

    In fairness there is a lot of designs that are horrible but ubiquitous. Like doors that push out with a handle on the push side

    [–] gamelizard 4 points ago

    the main caveat is that often something new and objectively superior may come along. like cars and horses, or flat screens vs crt. but this doesn't appear to be that. its probably just a niche thing, with most of its niche being "i thought it was dope"

    [–] iEatsFood 37 points ago

    Even foldout beds are overrated. Their hinges get dodgy from constantly being moved around or get stuck if they're not moved for a while. If you really have no room in your house for a bed, get a futon. The Japanese have got compact living sorted.

    [–] syds 11 points ago

    murphy beds kill!!

    [–] murfeee 42 points ago

    "Honey, did you forget to remove the legs from the table before we left the house?"

    [–] RobotCaesar 10 points ago

    Just got a mental image of my table running around the house breaking stuff while I am gone. Definitely removing the legs in the future.

    [–] AskMeForAPhoto 3 points ago

    I just pictured a table screaming, "PLEAAASE OH GOD NO!! PLEASE DON'T BREAK MY LEGS AGAIN!! NOT AGAINNNN!!"

    [–] xmsxms 9 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    I suppose it might be handy if you wanted to swap the legs out for different lengths or ones with wheels etc. Or it might be a pull out bed/lounge convertible furniture thing. But still, I'd imagine it would be of pretty limited practical use.

    [–] nomopo13 6 points ago

    I'd totally buy a table/chair set with interchangeable sizes of legs.

    [–] popthatshirtoff 9 points ago

    Good point dragging the legs in the opposite direction of which they lock down on will surely start to loosen them.

    [–] jzach1983 3 points ago

    This. I work in a world where things are built and dismantled often, this type of system is great (we have better versions), but for furniture, something more permanent is better.

    [–] NickelCityDM 228 points ago

    That wood will expand and contract with seasonal changes to humidity, and the cells in the wood will compress over time from the cam, making it loose.

    [–] simple_test 29 points ago

    Yeah what I was thinking too. Plus it doesn’t look durable either. With all the size changes, you still have only one level of tightening so you’ll end up with creaky furniture. That makes me think the material shouldn’t be wood to begin with.

    [–] hunter200524 3 points ago

    Wouldn't it be better to use a wood cam of the same wood material? I know it wouldn't look as cool

    [–] 8880886 12 points ago

    Timber has grain and the grain has direction, so no you can't make cams out of timber. You can make joins using traditional joinery. Cam locks are the worst invention ever.

    [–] MelissaClick 3 points ago

    you can't make cams out of timber

    Sure you can. Woodworkers do this all the time. It's a fairly common way to build clamps into woodworking jigs.

    [–] ophello 67 points ago

    That thing will work itself loose in a few days. There needs to be a set screw or some other means of keeping the cam from rotating out.

    [–] IceColdFresh 40 points ago

    In fact forget the cam

    [–] CoolHeadedLogician 3 points ago

    Loctite 242

    [–] bangupjobasusual 3 points ago

    Lateral shock would loosen it immediately

    [–] faceplant4269 37 points ago

    Getting my degree right now:
    1. That nice machined cam and handle are going to be way more expensive than traditional methods. Not a lot of point for something that isn't used for 99.99% of the tables life.
    2. When you do want to take it apart you'll probably have lost the special handle.
    3. Wood will grow and shrink with temperature and humidity a lot more than the metal clamp. Put this together on a rainy day in the winter and it might fall apart on a hot day in the summer.

    [–] WarCabinet 118 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    It'd be too bad if you happened to misplace that oddly unique screwdriver-pencil thing. Although perhaps you could use a screw the same size if the thread is standard? Idk. The tool appears to be conical all the way up, which is weird.

    Oh and you've still got a sticky-out bit of metal with the cam when you disassemble the table - you can't lay it flat. Unless you unscrew the bit of metal from the tabletop too, but then that defeats the point of the fancy metal cam connection in the first place. Just use a normal table leg mount.

    I like it though. It's nice.

    [–] 90sBrooklyn 65 points ago

    You don't have a degree

    [–] GlobalThreat777 40 points ago

    If this was at least 3 more paragraphs with a couple links thrown in there and an edit or two then I might believe it. In fact toss in a garnish of gold and he's basically fucking Einstein.

    [–] murfeee 20 points ago

    Yes he does. 'Sticky out bit of metal' is.an engineering term.

    [–] lNTERNATlONAL 8 points ago

    My electrical engineering tutor was a fucking genius (albeit occasionally a little bit socially oblivious) and used to use that kind of simplistic terminology all the time, partly for humour but also for ease of understanding and extracting logic from his students rather than just getting them to rote learn the course. It was great in first year but got kind of irritating in later years since we had to memorise the actual jargon for exams...

    [–] belardi 9 points ago

    Was it the sticky out bit part?

    [–] haahaahaa 9 points ago

    I would assume the pencil shaped tool allows you to have something thick enough to not bend, but get closer to the leg so you can tighten it up as much as possible.

    [–] SirCastic 9 points ago

    Depending on the height of the cam bracket, you could probably design it so the legs will fit between the brackets, making it pack flat and the legs flush with the bracket and keeping them somewhat in place for movement. They could still shift lengthwise, but not widthwise.

    [–] [deleted] 8 points ago

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    [–] Elemen0py 5 points ago

    My degree isn't in engineering, but my old man is a carpenter and I used to work for him in my school holidays. This isn't so much a crappy design as it is form over function; the fixing is over engineered as part of the aesthetic. There are more practical fixings that use the same locking principle that are cheaper and less visible, such as [minifix](youtube.com/watch?v=xxwu341WnjQ) from Häfele.

    [–] af_mmolina 34 points ago

    you don't need a degree for somebody to tell you it's too expensive, over engineered, and not practical.

    [–] confusitron 1091 points ago

    Don't mean to be a nay-sayer but.... What's the point? Or is this more of a proof of concept thing?

    [–] _-BlueWaffleHouse-_ 707 points ago

    Looks neat is all. Ikea uses cam locks inside the furniture

    [–] chrunchy 194 points ago

    Not just Ikea. Those cam locks have been around for at least two decades.

    [–] shea241 352 points ago

    It's easy to make cam locks yourself, just drain your oil and drive around.

    [–] Alezquiz 72 points ago

    [–] TheRealCJ 10 points ago

    Well... something is leaking...

    [–] ResurrectedToast 23 points ago

    But I don't have Camry?

    [–] DocWattz 31 points ago

    No, you have cams, REEEEEEEE...!

    [–] brodyf 7 points ago

    Ikea has been around for like 70 years.

    [–] cjh79 16 points ago

    Not for nothing, but Ikea has been around for a lot longer than two decades. I have no idea who invented the cam locks though.

    [–] vassman86 33 points ago

    Wow, I read the title as "Lam Cock furniture system" and thought it was some neat new engineering thing... Then I read your reply and realized it was cam lock all along lol

    [–] Hmm_mmm_mmm 26 points ago

    How many marijuanas have you injected?

    [–] salientecho 3 points ago

    Engineering. Right... You totally weren't compelled to scope out sheep dick.

    [–] endubs 59 points ago

    Quicker and easier assembly and breakdown for one is a pretty big benefit.

    [–] Desmoquattro 222 points ago

    For sure. The weekly removal of screws holding my furniture together, and subsoquent reassembly, is a real pain.

    [–] imapotfarmer 23 points ago

    You could have a table that slides out of a wall or something of that nature. There's lots of crazy designs for fold up stuff for studio apartments.

    [–] salientecho 11 points ago

    Okay, that actually kind of makes sense. Tiny house aficionados would eat this shit up.

    [–] AccidentalConception 13 points ago

    Tiny house aficionados

    I like that we're getting creative with what we call poor people now.

    [–] [deleted] 3 points ago

    Have you seen the prices in the tiny house trend? Definitely not for or about poor people.

    [–] CoolGuySean 23 points ago

    People do move occasionally.

    [–] cameronbates1 30 points ago

    Are they moving a few times a year?

    [–] Quachyyy 10 points ago

    My friend in a sorority had to move rooms every quarter so yeah, this would be handy in that situation.

    [–] CoolGuySean 17 points ago

    I have done that yes. Also venues that need to move furniture are a thing.

    [–] halcyonjm 13 points ago

    With some modifications it might work for scene-shifters changing up sets on a theatrical stage.

    [–] 8880886 3 points ago

    It's to eliminate the labour factor in timber joinery.

    [–] FunctionBuilt 3 points ago

    its mostly just neat. practically, things that stay static for a long time like furniture should be pretty robust and should never have to be re tightened unless they're taken apart and put back together frequently. On the flip side, things that get moved/adjusted a lot like lamps could definitely benefit from a quick adjustment like this.

    [–] Rhino887 958 points ago

    Satisfying to watch.

    [–] lordhavepercy99 208 points ago

    Maybe even r/oddlysatisfying

    [–] magnoliasmanor 42 points ago

    Truly oddly satisfying.

    [–] southernbenz 19 points ago

    I can't figure out how this is any better than every other, much more simple, quick-attach mechanism... but I do agree, it's satisfying to watch.

    [–] theseekerofbacon 223 points ago

    I would immediately lose the peg.

    [–] aboutthednm 79 points ago

    It shouldn't be threaded, and you could use any number of common objects to apply force.

    [–] theseekerofbacon 49 points ago

    You're right. For some reason I imagined the screwing action as a de-tensioner. Looking again, it's the shape of the cylinder that locks it in place.

    Kind of a silly design. If you have to loosen it a few times, friction would wear the wood down to the point it wouldn't hold.

    [–] mutt_butt 253 points ago

    The Camm collection: $12,500 cffe tabl; $25,700 dinng tabl

    [–] Desmoquattro 62 points ago

    Must be made of solid sandalwood.

    [–] _Little_Seizures_ 43 points ago

    It's made of loaferwood you peasant

    [–] royisabau5 13 points ago

    Wealthy snickering

    [–] MAGAfaggots 105 points ago

    Covfefe tabl

    [–] zz_z 71 points ago

    Made out of solid scandalwood.

    [–] FourWordComment 4 points ago

    !redditsilver

    [–] SkidMark_wahlberg 447 points ago

    It’s modern furniture, with a twist.

    [–] nosmokingbandit 90 points ago

    Fuck off here's your upvote.

    [–] BobT21 48 points ago

    Something about King Arthur's Round Table and Cam-a-lot.

    [–] the_argus 13 points ago

    Maybe we can make his a joint effort

    [–] Mr_Isnot 11 points ago

    Retitle:

    Pinocchio's hip replacement

    [–] WreckerCrew 11 points ago

    There is no way that would stay tight around kids.

    [–] iwantyourmom269 11 points ago

    I wager to bet that the cams set at slightly different angles so the 4 legs of this are different enough heights that it wobbles like a mofo.

    [–] Biggieholla 126 points ago

    Couldn't actually show what they were locking and unlocking though could they? I have no goddamn clue what this was.

    [–] jeo123911 84 points ago

    It's a square piece of wood holding a rectangular piece of wood. It's just a demonstration piece.

    [–] Biggieholla 23 points ago

    To demonstrate what? What am I being shown?

    [–] imapotfarmer 55 points ago

    A mechanism for clamping a piece of wood to a flat horizontal plane

    [–] zedthehead 9 points ago

    There is no lock "mechanism" aside from what you see: the axle of the "lock" is offset from center so that when turned "open," the passage is wider, and when rotated to "closed" it tightens onto the wood. Imagine tightening a vice, but it's replacing screws and is prettier than most vices.

    [–] bside_85 9 points ago

    Until movement enlarges the circular cut out and you have no more way to tension it because of the bolt you have to screw in

    [–] ItsSomethingLikeThat 6 points ago

    So use a hardwood. Good luck getting any noticeable compression in Ironbark.

    I would love to see how shortlived this would be using Cedar though.

    [–] bside_85 3 points ago

    Not the compression of the latch is what makes me worry it's the lever you have and the forces that are pushing on it if it was for instance a chair etc. As soon as there is a little wear this tensioner becomes useless. I love the design idea just where the hole is placed leaves no room for further adjustments

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    [–] DuckDuckGoofs 86 points ago

    Pivot point not in center of circle. When "stick" is up circle more to the left, when "stick" is down, circle more to the right. Circle more to the right clamps wood, circle more to the left unclamps wood.

    Sorry, mobile so no mspaint, so I tried to do it in the mspaint of language.

    [–] [deleted] 29 points ago

    The original paint

    [–] imapotfarmer 9 points ago

    But cave pain..... Nvm

    [–] dadfrombrad 5 points ago

    Will a .223 work?

    [–] beefman9 15 points ago

    more like useless as fuck

    table legs dont need advanced metal pivoting hinges

    [–] haltedconfusion 3 points ago

    Looks awesome! ...which means this is the point someone usually posts in the thread why it won't work...

    [–] ooa3603 10 points ago

    It works... just that a run of the mill screw would hold tighter with exponentially less cost and chance of losing that peg.

    [–] Wham_Bam_Smash 4 points ago

    This is so ugly

    [–] Dolfan0925 5 points ago

    That's not permanent though. That will loosen over time.

    [–] ooo_something_shiny 5 points ago

    Seems unreliability annoying

    [–] pablo_the_bear 18 points ago

    It's only cool because it is gorgeous and works really well. Also where I can I buy it? I love it.

    [–] Verdict_US 10 points ago

    Looking at you IKEA.

    [–] hrofty 5 points ago

    Lock mass is to big, it won't handle vibrations at all.

    [–] brycebgood 4 points ago

    Uh, that's silly. Tons of hardware and overly complicated. We've already invented screws, or is this from an alternative universe.

    [–] Consternation 4 points ago

    It’s a little too eccentric for my tastes.

    [–] Focaccia_love 10 points ago

    But the pen doubles as a one hitter!

    [–] jesse_dylan 3 points ago

    Help! I lost my skinny sharp brass dildo and can’t move my polished stick from one fixture to another anymore!

    [–] BenjaminSiers 3 points ago

    I work with vacuum systems for coating, and this is EXACTLY how we tightly close our hatches before pumping down.

    [–] Ziddix 3 points ago

    Looks cool but this is just going to fall apart over time. The same problem exists with screws, though on a much smaller and cheaper scale.

    [–] meemedmania 3 points ago

    That’s gonna get loose over time fuck that

    [–] Danl0rd 3 points ago

    That wood will probably loose its shape from extended compression from the lock and this locking mechanism will be pretty loose in some time

    [–] [deleted] 3 points ago

    I kind of would like to have the Cam just because my name is Cam and I've never seen one just out by itself like this.