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Wintersedge

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951 days ago

I have 2 dozen 3/4 pipe clamps with no pipe.

What do you think are the best pipe lengths to have on hand?

I have a few 24” and 40” Jet clamps and an assortment of other quick clamps under 12”.

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Don W

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#1 posted 951 days ago

What do you build? I probably have more 3-4’ lengths than anything else. Also get some 3/4” couplers so you can add lengths of pipe together.

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Wintersedge

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#2 posted 951 days ago

For the most part I have been doing a lot of rough construction(framing, deck, railing..).

Now, I am going to concentrate on working on inside furniture. I have 2 day beds to build, a library full of book cases(not sure if they will be built in), a platform bed, and an assortment of coffee and end tables and nightstands.

So far, those are the Only things on the HoneyDue.

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richgreer

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#3 posted 951 days ago

You don’t have to put your clamp ends on a single piece of pipe and leave it there. You can buy a variety of lengths and change from one pipe to another depending on your needs. Also, you can use couplers to put two pipes together.

Pipe clamps are relatively cheap and quite strong. I have several, but they are seldom my first choice. I find them heavy and awkward to work with.

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Don W

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#4 posted 951 days ago

I would start with a few 4’ lengths and see how it goes. Get some couplers and that will get you to 8’ pretty quick. I also have some 16”, 2’ length that are very handy.

except for shorter clamps, pipe clamps are all I have. I’ve used them a long time and are used to the heavy and awkward. For the price, they can’t be beat in my opinion.

Also make sure you buy black pipe. The galvanized don’t grab the clamp like it should.

Also buy ONE brand and try to stick with it. I like pony, but have picked up several other brands and when sitting on a table, they are different heights. It may not sound like much, but its a pain when trying to glue up panels. I have to try to get all the same brand in a row when glueing.

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Clint Searl

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#5 posted 951 days ago

Let the projects dictate what’s needed. Or, buy a dozen each of 2’ 3’ 4’ and connectors to cover any circumstance.

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Don W

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#6 posted 951 days ago

or get lucky like i did and find 50 at a flea market for $50.

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crank49

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#7 posted 951 days ago

You can save some money on pipe if you buy it from a welding/fabrication shop in full lengths.
You can even sound like you know what you are doing if you refer to it as a “stick” of 3/4 pipe; T & C.
The fab shop term for a full 21 ft length of pipe, threaded and coupled. They will often cut the “stick” into lengths for you at no charge, but if you need threads on the cut ends those will add to the cost a little.

I have a threading set, a pipe vise, and a cutter so I just usually get the stick cut in half so it fits in my pickup. A stick of 3/4” pipe costs about $25 like this.

Don’t forget to add the length of the clamp components to the pipe. If you want 48” clamping capacity, you will need to add about 3” to 5” for the clamp components themselves; depends on the brand of clamp.

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Sylvain

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#8 posted 951 days ago

If you have 2, 3, 4
you can do
2+2=4
2+3=5
3+3=6
4+3=7
4+4=8
If you use connectors verify, before applying glue, that the connector is not in the spot where the sliding part must come for the job of the day.

If you have different brand, the following tip might help (not tested myself) :
http://americanwoodworker.com/blogs/tips/archive/2008/09/04/Clamp-Table.aspx

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dannelson

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#9 posted 951 days ago

I used to have alot of these clamps but got really tired if having to pad the material for fear of the dreaded black lines that wiill show up under the pipes, unless you like to wrestle with this and dont need to CRANK the joint closed there are alot of better choices out there for clamps. Universial alum clamps are what I reach for. yes they are about $10.00 per foot but well worth it. ever wonder why guys are getting such deals on the old pony pipes?

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 951 days ago

2ft, 3ft, 4ft, and 6ft lengths work good for me. If you can afford it I would have 6 of each at least. BTW, they need to be long enough to have a couple of inches or so more so they can clamp onto something 2 inches longer than the the nominal length plus additional room for the clamp castings themselves.

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Don W

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#11 posted 951 days ago

Sylvain, when I had a larger shop I had a dedicated table with a jig like you posted. It worked well. I’ve been going to build a more portable/adjustable version, just haven’t got around to it yet.

edit: you can also make multiple jigs that holds a single clamp, adjusting the height to a know dimension. You need one for each clamp you have.

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Wintersedge

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#12 posted 951 days ago

Really good ideas here. I love the clamping table. I will have to find a fab shop close to me. I was looking online and 2’ is 9.99 and 4’ was 12.98.

It might also be worth just buying the sticks of pipe and a threading set.

Thanks.

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