New Tools Are Cool #3: Shop Fox Pipe Clamps

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Blog entry by JoeyG posted 01-29-2012 08:30 PM 4650 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Not much to say here except you can never have enough clamps. I have never used the shop fox clamps before but at 1/2 price I figured I would give the a try. I just got the pipe this morning at a big box store and have them cut at 36 inches and threaded both sides so I can join them together if I need a longer clamp. These will mainly be used for doors and panel glue ups so 36 should be big enough for most of what I need them for. If I have any major problems with them during the bookcases I will do a review.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#1 posted 01-29-2012 08:38 PM


You might also look at the Rockler 3/4” pipe clamps. They have wide feet on them which keeps them upright. I buy a few when Rockler puts them on sale.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#2 posted 01-29-2012 08:52 PM

I very strongly considered them, but the feet put them much higher than what I already had. I am thinking that the next time I buy clamps I will get some of them and use them for the bottom clamps and use the ones I have as top clamps when I am gluing up panels.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#3 posted 01-30-2012 07:09 AM

I never tought to thread both sides of the clamp.

Thanks for the idea.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#4 posted 01-30-2012 02:31 PM

I wish I could claim it as my idea. In my old shop we had them threaded on both sides and it worked but when I was having them cut I was thinking that I might need that extra inch in a glue up one day. The guy at the big blue box was cutting and I told him to just thread one side. As he was working he threaded both sides of the first one. As I was about to correct him on the next piece my eye catches the boxes in front of me. I pulled out a coupling and the bell in my head went off. What is an inch when I can connect as many as I want. So I threw a hand full of 3/4 couplings in the cart and keep my mouth closed.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#5 posted 01-30-2012 05:52 PM

I usually buy a 21 ft. joint of pipe and have it cut to 36 inch lengths. I thread on end on all pieces including the 2 that are already threaded. I figure I don’t need that many long clamps but then I could be wrong some day. The only mistake you made was in not telling LJ when these were on half price sale…...LOL

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