Quick Pipe Clamp Jig

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Project by Brad_Nailor posted 566 days ago 5062 views 76 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I do a lot of glue ups with pipe clamps..usually cutting boards that have lots of separate pieces, in a certain order. You know how it is..your fighting that open time limit on your glue…getting things flat and lined up…and the stupid clamps are turning over and moving around! Well I threw this little jig together in about a half hour. Pretty simple….just ripped some 1/2” baltic into strips, drilled some holes in one before ripping, then cut it straight down the center of the holes. Some quick eyeballed interlocking joints at the corners and it was done! I wanted to be able to break it down and store it flat..and then set it up quickly when I wanted to do glue ups..critical in a small limited space shop! I left the side joints a little shallow so there would be a gap to slide some masking paper underneath for easy squeeze out clean up. One mistake..I made the holes that the pipes fit in a little too big….I might use some weather stripping to shim the holes closed a little to hold the pipes a little tighter..but it works good..made gluing up this fairly large(15×23x1 5/8) side grain cutting board easy..and the board is nice and flat in the clamps!


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#1 posted 566 days ago

Simple an effective. Smart idea.

-- Nicky

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#2 posted 566 days ago

Handy clamp jig.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 566 days ago

Very good!

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#4 posted 566 days ago

Nice. Keeps the clamps straight, which is probably why my boards go haywire sometimes because i don’t have one of these.

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#5 posted 566 days ago

very cleaver I like it

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#6 posted 566 days ago

They say the universe will provide…. I was just thinking about making something like this!
Easy to make and can be broken down for my small shop – perfect.
Great design! I thank you!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"



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#7 posted 566 days ago

simple but superb ! thanks for sharing


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Monte Pittman

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#8 posted 566 days ago

Clever idea

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#9 posted 566 days ago

can’t beat a good idea
you got a great one here

well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 566 days ago

awesome jig and very handy. good job

-- Whoever finds mistakes can keep them. English is a foreign language to me.

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#11 posted 566 days ago

Very simple and effective jig, I’m sure. Basically, it’s a catch basin for glue squeeze out. Very smart

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#12 posted 565 days ago

Great idea, Brad. Since I am now getting hooked on cutting boards I will probably end up making one of these.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#13 posted 565 days ago

Pretty darn cool. I am going to have to make one too.

-- If I had more money, I'd have more tools

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#14 posted 565 days ago

Great idea. simple and effective.
But Yeaaah, dont bother applying for a patent on this one.
You can consider this idea “stolen” already.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#15 posted 565 days ago

great idea

-- Joe, Ga

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