America’s most popular, most widely-used clamp fixture design, the #50 is ideal for metalworking, woodworking and frame assembly.. in applications that range form do-it-yourself to industrial production. I find myself using them to cinch up a joint in a very small area while the other clamps do the heavy lifting. Needed affordable, scalable clamps and these seem like the perfect choice, especially since I got them on sale. The ex-builder likely spent many years swinging a 22oz framing hammer (the big ones on the rack at Lowes), one-hand operation of a 9 to 12lb circular saw (not those wimpy HO grade ones), lugging stacks of a half-dozen wall studs at a time or 60-90 lb rafters/floor joists. Create your own pipe clamp of various lengths, with the PONY Pipe Clamp Fixture. Actually, I prefer to use lots of bar clamps, which are way flimsier than even 1/2 pipe clamps.
Generally the most solid clamping is when the stock being held is somewhere in between the clamp shoes on either side of the vise jaws. The force applied by each type of clamp varies greatly depending on the strength of the operator. Whilst I am here, it is best to mention that the stock will be held the most solidly when one of the shoes is right by the vise jaws.
But the fact that they have that little pad cast into the head so that you can stand up a glued up assembly on it’s head, all the tops of the clamps sitting level on the floor. Aluminum bar clamps are much less rigid and will have a tendency to deflect when they are tightened. Yes, please sign me up to receive WOOD Magazine’s free e-mail newsletters, including weekly woodworking tips,WOOD Store Deals and special offers from our partners and from the WOOD magazine family of publications. The threaded end of the pipe screws into the fixed end fitting with the tightening handle. The clamps I use the most are closest to the bottom, the more infrequently used clamps are on top.
I like that they sit off the ground enough to turn the crank without scraping or having to lift the clamp up to clear the ground/workbench. Now under the leadership of our fifth generation of Holman’s, Adjustable Clamp Company continues to manufacture tools only of the best quality and greatest value. There in the shelf in the plumbing section was the 79-cent solution to the problem – a double female-thread pipe coupling. Choose clamps that apply sufficient pressure to close the joint and squeeze out surplus glue. I picked up some Bessy Parallel Revo Clamps, Irwin XP600 clamps and a couple of Emerson guide clamps on sale.
Wet glue is like grease, allowing parts to slide around while you’re trying to clamp them. The Saw Guy is going to show you the applications for which woodworking clamps are used, the best woodworking clamps for beginners, and the best woodworking clamps on a budget. I previously had hated the gluing step of woodworking but feel the new Rockler clamps will make it go much smoother. Using the pipe to align them I first stacked two front to back and secured them to one another with two 2-1/2” screws. This is especially true in cases of a pipe leakage that might cause a lot of waste.
This product looked to be higher quality and more stable than the competitors, which would better meet my woodworking needs. These two-in-one clamp pads not only protect against marring, but they also double as a clamp stand making gluing and clamping much easier. They stand above the bench high enough to tighten them up. I use my old ones to clamp wood on the top of a board.
And lastly, keep the plastic cap on the other threaded end to protect the thread for future use, since a barrel connector will give you a tremendously long clamp if you attach a couple of them together! There is a problem in building a tool kit: you’ll soon need a fairly large number of clamps but a sizable set of top quality parallel clamps is expensive. I put the clamp in the vise jaws and keep it loose enough to adjust it to the thickness of the board less 1/4” or so so that nothing hinders my planing.
I’d like to think that had they been widely available at the time, we would see elegant engravings of pipe clamps in L’Art du Menuisier. Almost all the retail woodworking outlets (including big-box stores) are pushing them and I recently decided to try some out. Such a concept is not unknown to modern woodworkers especially in the use or even the fabrication of bar clamps with wooden bars, which could be made to nearly any length. I do know of some that I’ve seen use both hands trying to pull a joint together with a clamp. I started working wood without bench dogs using clamps and all sort of contrived clamping methods.
A second method used by many woodworkers is to clamp pairs of battens – straight strips of wood used to keep assemblies flat (photo B). Remember to put wax paper or packing tape on the battens so they don’t stick to the panel. In his book, Understanding Wood (The Taunton Press, 2000), R. Bruce Hoadley illustrated that the amount of force applied by different types of woodworking clamp varies widely. Notice that the clamp will grip wane just as well as square-edged stock, so you can plane a flat surface and then pop a chalk line for your first straight edge cut whether by hand or using a handsaw.
I’ve used many of these, but the PVC pipe is one that had never occurred to me – as with most clever ideas, it now seems obvious – and I’ll definitely be using those in future. Axminster have been in touch to let me know they are sending replacement parts – i’ll give them a rigorous test to see if they are up to the job and ask for a refund if they are not and give the Jorgensen ones a try.
This two-in-once clamp pads not only protect against marring, but they also double as a stable clamp stand making gluing and clamping much easier. For example, I imagine I would hold a back lengthwise in the clamp and, being right handed, would planethe right side. Individual clamps can cost anywhere from a couple of bucks to $75 or more, and a mid-size collection can easily cost as much as a major power tool. For interchangeability all of my clamps are for ½” n.p.t pipes, common enough from the local hardware store. From my understanding there has been significant changes to the Bessey clamps in the last 8 years.
Simply choose the appropriate size spring clamp and use the spreader to open and position the clamp. Notice how it rests on the benchtop and is fully supported on that side of the clamp. In most cases this is not necessary because small stock can usually go into the vise itself. It also doesn’t allow you to screw the clamp all the way in. but overall, I like the design.
I do think it would be good if an updated version of the video included a quick review of the Bessey K-Body Revo series clamps. This One Hand Speed Clamp is ideal for speed clamping all kinds of jobs in and around the home and workshop. Quick-grip clamps: Quick-Grip-style clamps are not as precise as bar clamps, but they let you keep one hand free to hold workpieces in place. While the front jaw glue-up cured I worked on machining the blocking that would make up the interior structure of the vise. Going to get at least a pair of decent clamps like these just for the versatility. That’s similar to the superior three-point pressure provided by a double-headed clamp.
When your clamps are too short for a project, link two pipe clamps by hooking their lower clamp pads together (photo below). My pipe clamps are mostly 3/4, with different lengths of threaded pipe and connectors available. The jaws of a handscrew are rectangular in cross section so the clamp itself can be easily held in a vise or accept the jaws of other clamps. One thing I will say is that most dogging systems I know of use the vise itself for the dogging system pressure point. As with any other woodworking step, taking your time and proceeding methodically will help you achieve optimal results.
The feel of these clamps is second to none, even the best parallel clamps, and they are square enough that I think they do just as well as parallel clamps in glue ups. They speed up project times and ease and contribute to making complex woodworking project easier to do. Take a moment and see what we discovered about clamps. Homemade clamp jacks raise your pipe clamps off the bench so the handles turn freely and there’s plenty of room underneath for alignment cauls and clamps. I have used dogs in the bench build i did on YouTube, but that was to cater to the US dog lovers.
This is the first place we have lived where I have a space dedicated to my woodworking and carpentry. Having threads at both ends of the pipe also allows the use of pipe couplings , joining two lengths of pipe to extend the length of the clamp. The pieces were a bit long to get into my band saw sideways, but I could use a jigsaw or a scroll saw. These clamps are normally long clamps and use steel pipe or bar material as the medium to pull and hold parts together.
Since my strategy for clamp acquisition revolves around the number 4” (the number of clamps needed for a pair in both x and y axes) I have in my collection of clamps 16 of the pipe variety. Most of them simple hold piece of wood together in a simple joint, but there are specialty clamps that hold banding material on, hold chair legs tight for repairs and make our perfect miter cuts be true to our vision.