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Forum topic by Justin posted 03-27-2011 03:39 AM 1483 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Justin

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03-27-2011 03:39 AM

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I’ve ordered some pipe clamps from lee-valley because of the free shipping they have available until 28th. So ill need to pick up some pipes soon. I would like to be able to glue up table tops, cabinet doors, or cabinets when needed for a project, so i was wondering what length of clamps do you commonly use alot?


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cabs4less

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#1 posted 03-27-2011 03:41 AM

I never build doors over 2’ so i got a lot 3’ pipes and a couple 4’ and 5’ ones

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#2 posted 03-27-2011 03:46 AM

3ft to 4 ft are easy to handle but sometimes you’ll need longer ones. When you get the pipes, have them threaded on both ends. Then, get some 3/4” pipe couplers (nipples). That way you can connect your lengths of pipes together to make longer clamps.

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#3 posted 03-27-2011 03:47 AM

most of mine are 30’’ just because i buy 5 foot pipe and cut it off

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#4 posted 03-27-2011 03:48 AM

I always make my pipes at least 7” longer than standard measurements I have clamps from 16”- 104” .

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#5 posted 03-27-2011 04:03 AM

3ft, 4ft and 6ft. I have threads on all the 3 ft to extend them if I need to.

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#6 posted 03-27-2011 04:09 AM

If you thread your pipes a both ends you can make them in any length you need with couplings.

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#7 posted 03-27-2011 04:18 AM

3’ is the longest I use, but that can be extended using GMman’s idea. Another nice thing is that pipe is cheap.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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Justin

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#8 posted 03-27-2011 04:20 AM

that’s a good idea, i never even though about buying couplers and having both ends threaded. ill have to remember that when I go to buy the pipes. It would come in handy if i every need to glue up something wide.

it seems like 3’ and 4’ is used a lot and if i get both ends threaded i could easily make 6’-8’ or longer if needed.

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#9 posted 03-27-2011 04:51 AM

Be careful if you go to Home Depot and plan on getting black pipe, some of the stores won’t cut or thread black pipe since it is used for gas line.

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#10 posted 03-27-2011 05:17 AM

My 3/4” pipe sections are 3’ and 5’ and have a bunch of couplers to make longer ones. I buy galvanized pre-threaded pipe then, before using, I chase the threads with a die and wire brush them which make installation of the clamps and unions very easy.

Also have an odd assortment of 1/2” pipe clamps (these were my first clamps from Sears about 35 years ago) and pipe sections from 2’ to 5’ for smaller projects.

I also keep a bunch of the thread protectors that come on the pipe and keep the unused threads protected and clean.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#11 posted 03-27-2011 07:59 AM

I think I bought 10’ pieces which were threaded on both ends then cut it at 3’ and had a 7’ pieces left over. I use those for bigger butcher blocks and so forth…. I believe that was the cheapest way to go and you get 4 clamp sizes out of two pipes.

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#12 posted 03-27-2011 08:21 AM

Hardware stores sell all differant lengths already threaded on both ends,pick your length and go
I use 4 ft the most ,other typs of clamps for smaller stuff

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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