A Strategy for Woodworking #42: Absolutely

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Blog entry by Gary Rogowski posted 02-02-2015 07:16 PM 1333 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had a man write me once after an article showed me using galvanized pipe clamps. “No, no, no, no, no, no,” was what he wrote. Then he went on to describe what a knucklehead I was for using them and how many other wrong things I did in that article on gluing up.

I wrote him back.

I tore up that letter.

I wrote him back again. Again I tore up the letter.

Finally after a time, I put my thoughts down to him. Simply put, I said this: Please come to my shop and see what I do. My approach may not be right for you, but it works for me. Galvanized pipe clamps work for me. It is how I have figured out how to build. Try it, it might work for you. It works for me and that is all I can write about.

Please don’t speak in absolutes when it comes to woodworking, play calling, or beauty. What works for me may not work for you, but that doesn’t mean it’s wrong. No one knows your motivation, tooling, or history at the bench. We make decisions based on what we think is right. Sometimes those decisions are monumentally stupid. This I concede and have experience with. Sometimes they are just right for us, as is usually the case. And finally sometimes they might help another soul wandering along that same path of logic in search of an answer to a problem. Glad I could help. Absolutely.

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#1 posted 02-02-2015 07:52 PM

I like your clamp pads! makes the positioning a lot easier, I need to copy that idea! I use the same clamps because I could afford them and they come in any length… Thanks for posting!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#2 posted 02-02-2015 07:58 PM

Who Doesn’t have pipe clamps in their shop?? I guess that model airplane makers wouldn’t have a use for them.
Cabinets spanning 3 or 4 feet needs a bit more than an Irwin squeeze clamp or think of the guy strong enough to heft a 4 foot ‘C’ clamp …
Well, each to their own, I personally do not use ‘Galvanized’ iron pipe (GIP), instead I use Black iron pipe (BIP) because it’s cheaper and the wall thickness is a bit heftier.
I have several lengths that I screw together with couplers to get the lengths I need.
The only problem I see with pipe clamps is that many woodworkers over tighten them and squeeze the joint dry and cause a starved glue joint.
Now lets tell Charles Neil, Stumpy Nubs, Norm Abram, Tom Silva, And Tommy Mc Donald that they are all doing it wrong … and when the fight is over …
I had fun with one, but Gary, just consider the source.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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Chris Cook

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#3 posted 02-02-2015 08:06 PM

No, no, no, no, no, no soup for you!!

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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#4 posted 02-03-2015 02:00 AM

Wonder what was in the letters you tore up? LOL!

Still figuring out after my mistakes, how to do it better.

I say “Oh that’s what he/she was explaining.”

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 02-03-2015 12:30 PM

LOL/Chris Cook.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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Gene Howe

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#6 posted 02-03-2015 01:34 PM

Hey, if it works, how can it be wrong?

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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