Bar clamp vs. pipe clamp.

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Blog entry by Arthouse posted 08-23-2011 02:22 AM 3480 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I just viewed TimL. project and saw the small pieces he was gluing with pipe clamps. The depth of my pain years ago using those dreaded bending pipe clamps with the threaded black pipe that never stays on. I remember gluing wood with dreams and seeing the square joints arching with every turn of the handle untill I “C” clamped it down untill I shut the front door. An endless process of headaches. Today i moved in another direction. I moved to the bar clamp twenty years ago and never looked back. I got a job making 75 custom doors and added one thousand dollars for more bar clamps. The bar clamp is designed to push the wood down and reverse with a clamp on top to reverse the pressure leveling the wood to clamp even. If you go buy the pipe then thread it and buy the ends for twelve dollars and pipe you are getting real close to the twenty dollars I payed for one 4’-0 bar clamp. I will have them forever and had them down . I wish I had the bar clamps when I first started it would have saved me ton’s of time and money . Today my experience is priceless . All this and Heaven too.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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#1 posted 08-23-2011 05:24 AM

Wow , You must be in Rene Magritte camp on this one Arthouse . Glad those clamping issues turned out well for you . I have always been a pipe man ——-0 . It’s all in the way you use them ,i guess . A two foot length of black pipe can come in handy for all sorts of purposes : ) Self defense , desert survival , personal hygene , launching projectiles , listening devises , improvised compasses and telescopes , clamping stuff…..just to name a few . When the lucky few of us emerge from our bunkers after that 2012 thing , I’ll be re-purposing all my 8 ft pipe clamps to build my own geodesic ’ Thunderdome ’ . You will always be welcomed there . You really made me laugh with the statement you made with that ‘birdhouse sanctuary ’ thing . I think you would fit right in… and all . youtube

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