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Pipe Clamps And Their Versatility

Pipe clamp 1/2"Clamps – they are definitely one of the woodworker’s mainstay’s when it comes to tools. And the more clamps in your shop the better. There is a variety of them out there, and here we will be discussing one of them that is extremely needed in your wood shop.


Pipe clamps are very essential to your shop. This clamp is not expensive, and is used on tons of clamping projects. You normally will make your own pipe clam. Much of the time you will buy the clamp itself and just add it to a piece of pipe. The package will tell you what size pipe will fit the clamp and you figure out the length to use. It is definitely good to have several different lengths in your shop for different sized projects.

To put the pipe clamp together, just slide each end onto the pipe. The threaded end of the pipe is the end that the fitting with the tightening crank needs to go on. The other end is going to be what is deemed the “friction hold” that is on the pipe. Image below is of pipe clamps holding wood in addition to “bar clamps.”

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Pipe clamps are used when it comes to gluing up a project. For instance, when making your own cabinet doors, it will take a pipe clamp that is longer. The best method is to put the clamps on the table so that the pipes end up running across the table itself, and let the jaws sit upright. Take your wood pieces that will be joined by the clamps and lay them on the pipe itself. Position them in such manner that as you tighten the clamps the pieces pull together tightly.

The edge of the wood is where the friction hold should be butting up to the edge of the wood. This will keep you from having to tighten the clamp too much. It is good to have it where all you do is a few turns on the clamp and it is tight.

You put the fixed head on the clamp up against one of the wood pieces. Then you push the tail stop up against the other side of the wood. Next just turn the handle attached to the fixed head, then this will clamp the wood together.

To release your clamp, just turn the fixed head in the other direction, and slide the tail stop backwards.


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Updated: December 11, 2014 — 10:26 pm
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