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#1 posted 10-14-2009 08:11 PM

Agreed, pipe clamps are definitely the biggest bang for the buck, especially for longer clamps. I’ve never tried the HF models, but I have nothing but good things to say about the Rockler ones (when they’re on sale, that is, mine were $5 each a few years back)

Downsides of pipe clamps vs parallel are mostly in the jaw size (they’re very short) and the fact that the jaws don’t stay parallel (although the amount they deviate is very small). But they do have the added flexibility of resizing at will with different sized pipes. Both styles can apply large amounts of clamping pressure.

You might check out the clamp episode of the wood whisperer, or some of the overview articles (ie the free ones) at finewoodworking.com


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