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Thread: New favorite clamps

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire

    New favorite clamps

    Pipe clamps..... I know they aren't new. Been around since the beginning of time but i've never owned any. Seemed so old fashioned. Always used bar clamps. Thought it was a pain in the neck to have to look around for the threaded pipe.
    A couple of weeks ago my wife and I were driving down a country road and saw this old gentleman sitting beside a table of junk with a for sale sign. Something caught my eye so I did a quick u-turn. He had 6 or 7 1" pipe clamps about 6 feet long. I asked the price and he said a buck a piece. I bought them all

    Used them on 2 glue ups so far and they seem to have much more clamping force that any bar clamp I have used. Just have to make sure I don't clamp too tight an squeeze out all the glue.
    Now I'm looking for pipe and clamp deals
    Faith, Hope & Charity

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    somewhere east of Queen Creek, AZ - South East of Phoenix
    thats a heck of a deal O just paid $17 a piece for 2 of the clamps then I needed to buy the pipes. all told it came to around $50. I got two nice 10 foot clamos now..
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
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  3. #3
    I'm glad I'm not alone on this. Before I got laid off I was ready to pull the trigger on some bessy k body clamps. Then I got a job in a cabinet shop again that had these clamps and after using them I much prefer pipe clamps. To me the bessys are to finicky to use.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    You can get a lot of clamping pressure with the old standbys, and if you need to change the length, just get some new pipe....

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Thomasville, GA
    That was a heck of a find!!! I have both 3/4" and 1/2" pipe clamps. To set up different lengths, I have various pieces of pipe and several couplers. I use them occasionally when the job suits them but nine times out of ten I reach for my Besseys.
    Bill Arnold
    Citizen of Texas residing in Georgia.
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Funny, I just saw a clamp comparison in one of my old Wood magazines. Bar clamps were rated at the highest in clamping force. Was planning to add some to my collection as well.

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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Decatur, Alabama
    I have some of the older k-body's and a bunch of pipe clamps and bar clamps I got used off CL.

    I'd avoid the 1/2 pipe clamps, not really worth it imho. The 3/4" pipe I really like for glue ups, they seem to have a good bit more force than parallel clamps I have. I still love the k-bodys for assembly work though.

    Harbor freight occasionally runs a special on pipe clamps for around $6. I have some from there too, they're ok. Little sloppy but not to bad. For pipe you need to buy 10-20' sticks and find someone that will thread it for you. Box stores charge a fortune for pre-cut and threaded short sections.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Oak Harbor Washington on Whidbey Island
    I've always used pipe clamps, I have 16 of my own & 32 or 33 that belonged to my Dad. & miles of 3/4" galvanized pipe. I have 4 clamps with black pipe which are the last ones used I hate black pipe I always have to worry about the pipe staining something. Being the galvanized pipe is many years old I have no problems with slipping.
    "Forget the flat stuff slap something on the spinny thing and lets go, we're burning daylight" Bart Leetch
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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    bethel springs TN, but was born and raised in north east PA
    I have a bunch of pipe clamps, and woun't trade them for anything. I also have a bunch of odd ball pieces that i'll use some day. I get most of my small pieces from the plumber at the job site.He'll thread the ends of his cut off's and give them to me at no cost.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Little Hocking, Ohio

    My favorite too

    I have a wall full of clamps and always go for the pipe clamps first. About a dozen or so are the 1/2" variety which I use for panels in kitchen cabinet doors. Most of the panels are small and that size works great for them. Like some others mentioned I have some Besseys and use them when assembling cabinet doors, but they are so heavy and not that easy for me to use. It's nice to have the variety to choose from, though.

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