Shopmade Parallel Clamp

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Project by corydoras posted 181 days ago 5960 views 121 times favorited 27 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 181 days ago

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 181 days ago

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 181 days ago

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

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#4 posted 181 days ago

wow, what a great idea, great work

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#5 posted 181 days ago

Absolutely awesome!

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#6 posted 181 days ago

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 181 days ago

Awesome job.

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#8 posted 181 days ago

very awesome…

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#9 posted 181 days ago

That is amazing. Great videos.

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#10 posted 181 days ago

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

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#11 posted 181 days ago

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 181 days ago

Great build. Thank you again for sharing!

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#13 posted 181 days ago

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 181 days ago

super clamp

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#15 posted 181 days ago

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, Illinois,

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