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Life as an Amateur Woodworker #27: Pipe Clamps!

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Blog entry by PhilBello posted 09-19-2014 02:12 AM 1838 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Our second winter of the year is definitely here, just as warm, but plenty of storms! So the Kiosk roof is on hold now, probably until November, when we are back to summer again.

In the mean time, all woodwork came to a halt a little over a week ago, with the arrival of a new family member, a four legged one, we wanted a companion for our schnauzer, so took on a rescue dog, that had been abused, the first three days we thought it was the biggest mistake we had made, he is only a small collie cross, but he made life hell for our other dog, and we thought he would have to go back, but then the light switch came on, and fortunately now they are bosom buddies, and I have been able to get back to some woodwork.

I have been spending my time making jigs, my wall is now plastered with them, and they are all getting used. As I have mentioned before, I have been looking for pipe clamps, but those here in Colombia are ridiculously expensive, and I cannot even warrant importing just the parts and buying the pipes here due to cost, then yesterday I came upon what seemed an easy way to make my own Pipe Clamps in Pinterest from an article in Popular Science June 1960;

OK it says to make the wooden parts from 4” timber, but I have 3”X3” mahogany, and thought I could adapt the design to use that. I also had some EMT conduit left over from building my new lumber racks a couple of weeks ago, enough to make one 3’ and one 4’ clamp, I only had to go out and buy the eyebolts.

So I started with this:

Then cut out the parts, for two clamps there are only six!

Drilled the pipes at 1” invervals, this was the hardest part, I ended up drawing a line down the pipe, then using a punch, first before drilling, even then the alignment is not perfect.

I then drilled the wooden ends to accept the pipe, and the handle;

The next job was to thread the wood to adjust the eye bolt / handle

but true to form, the eye bolts are not 3/8” as purchased, they are a little under, so I ended up insetting a nut with expoxy

The adjustment is done using a nail, which slots through the timber into the pipe, simple but effective.

So now I have two, that appear to work, and when I get some more pipe, I will be making a couple more.

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright



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#1 posted 09-19-2014 02:27 AM

Nice clamps.

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#2 posted 09-19-2014 02:30 AM

Necessity is the mother of invention. AM I PROFOUND OR WHAT? lol!

Be interesting to report on these guys after a year or so? Phil, glad it’s working out for the new dog.

You got rain we will get snow. See ya on the other side of winter!!!!!! Grrrr! Later.

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#3 posted 09-19-2014 02:57 PM

awesome, I`m sure they will get a ton of use.

-- What I do in and out of the shop at http://www.BriansBenham.com

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#4 posted 11-02-2014 05:18 PM

easier than some I see on you tube

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#5 posted 11-02-2014 05:29 PM



easier than some I see on you tube

- daddywoofdawg


I agree, but having had time to use it, it does have one weakness, and that is the size of the pin/nail used to hold the adjustable block in place, put a lot of pressure on it, and the nail bends, I might have to redrill all the holes larger to use a stronger nail.

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#6 posted 11-04-2014 06:54 PM

use some drill bit steel or a dead drill bit,I save my broke and not worth sharpening bits for these things,never know when it will come in handy.

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#7 posted 11-04-2014 08:22 PM



use some drill bit steel or a dead drill bit,I save my broke and not worth sharpening bits for these things,never know when it will come in handy.

- daddywoofdawg

That’s a good idea, but it will be some time before I have any of those, even masonry bits get ground down and sharpened to be used as wood bits! ;)

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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