Shopmade Parallel Clamp

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Project by corydoras posted 02-22-2014 11:01 PM 22951 views 179 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Being VERY happy with the performance of the Shopmade Bar/Pipe Clamp I made a week ago, I decided to try making a parallel clamp based on the same basics.

This is how it turned out, and I am pleased with the performance I have seen during testing.

The basics are the same as for the Shopmade Bar/Pipe Clamp, but the headstock has a 5mm bolt reinforcing the headstock to keep it as secure as possible.

The Parallel “slide” at the tailstock is built “around” the same locking backplate as on the Shopmade Bar/Pipe Clamp

The wood used is oak.

The sides of the “tailstock” are made from 9mm baltic birch

This clamp can of course be made to custom length, depending on the length of steel pipe.

Hope you want to try to build your own

Build video:

Sketchup/PDF plans are available at My Website

bellevuesnekkeristore(at) , or send me a PM


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#1 posted 02-22-2014 11:10 PM

Nice job!
These should be more cost effective than buying them as those clamps are expensive!
Can you change the length of the pipe for different size jobs? If so, that is really a step up!

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#2 posted 02-22-2014 11:16 PM

I really like this design – it looks like it would work very well, I will have to try to make a few of these for myself. Thanks.

-- Adam, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

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#3 posted 02-22-2014 11:52 PM

Very nice job. Looks like Iʻm going to have to try to make one too. Thanks for posting

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#4 posted 02-23-2014 12:09 AM

wow, what a great idea, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#5 posted 02-23-2014 12:46 AM

Absolutely awesome!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 02-23-2014 12:53 AM

Adding to favorites for the day I get around to it. Keep up the good work. Thanks for figuring this out for us!

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#7 posted 02-23-2014 03:16 AM

Awesome job.

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#8 posted 02-23-2014 03:33 AM

very awesome…

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#9 posted 02-23-2014 03:52 AM

That is amazing. Great videos.

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#10 posted 02-23-2014 04:08 AM

Have you measured to see how parallel the bars stay when clamped?

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#11 posted 02-23-2014 04:23 AM

Been wanting a set for awhile but I’m too cheap to buy them, might give this a shot. Awesome project.


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#12 posted 02-23-2014 08:37 AM

Great build. Thank you again for sharing!


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#13 posted 02-23-2014 01:40 PM

Thank you guys:)
@oldnovice: The pipe is not interchangeable. I believe it would be hard to keep the headstock rigid enough if it was to be taken on and off since its made from wood. But someone came up with a great tip on the shopmade Bar/pipe clamp project of mine, to have threaded ends like on regular pipe clamps. Then you can make custom length. I see no reason for not beeing able to do so on these too.

@jmartel: No I have not made any tests yet, although this is one of the key features of this kind of clamp. Of course it will not be as rigid as a all steel one, but i will see if I can make some tests during next week and post the results here


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#14 posted 02-23-2014 02:14 PM

super clamp

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#15 posted 02-23-2014 03:47 PM

Very nice! Two questions:

1) seems like you have an endless supply of those cushion grips. Where do you get those?
2) how much do the plans cost?


-- Matt, Arizona,

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