stanley 2x4 clamps?

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Forum topic by RobynHoodridge posted 08-03-2013 04:55 PM 3906 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-03-2013 04:55 PM

There are now these:
clamping hardware which let you turn a 2×4 into a bar clamp.

Any thoughts? Predictions?
They’re under “speciality clamps” on the stanley web site –
So are they going to be useful only to construction workers?

-- Never is longer than forever.

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#1 posted 08-03-2013 05:24 PM

I might buy a few. I have a lot of clamps and I’ve found
that having clamps in many styles and weight classes
is useful.

Long pipe clamps are heavy and awkward and the pipes
can bruise the work in assembly. For assembling large
pieces of furniture like sofas, I can see this sort of
clamp being useful.

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#2 posted 08-03-2013 05:30 PM

Thanks for the links. I didn’t see anywhere on there if they were plastic or metal, and that’s going to make all the difference in the world.

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#3 posted 08-03-2013 05:35 PM

Those look like plastic to me. They could also be aluminum, I just don’t see either material providing a stable 400 – 850 psi of pressure.
If they were forged or machined steel I would a lot happier.

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#4 posted 08-03-2013 06:00 PM

nothing on the materials used, but seem to be stamped steel body and probably powder cast alloy screw heads.
No pricing yet? i agree they are not rigid with pine” beam deflection”, Oak would be my choice, and only for the end clamping wide board on edge and clamped flat to the body of the wood beams and use the steel bars in the center. Other choices depends on application and methods. Theses could be very universal clamping tool and they would be handy for light custom construction methods.

-- Dan Stine, Galion Ohio

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#5 posted 08-03-2013 11:37 PM

Amazon shows that the “list” price is $33.72, with their actual selling price as $22.57.

Shows the shipping weight as 2.9 lbs. Compare that with a set of 3/4 inch Jorgensen pipe clamps at 2.6 lbs. which we know are not plastic or aluminum. Makes me think these are either steel or in some very heavy packaging.

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#6 posted 08-04-2013 12:34 AM

I like the detective work Ls2k.
It looks to me like some parts are hefty and some aren’t. Like the fact that the tightening handles aren’t really as thick as they look. Now it’s a product designer’s job to walk that fine line of constantly taking away what isn’t necessary. But i’ll need to see it in-hand to judge for sure.
My biggest query is still what’s raised in the Core77 article – These clamps are supposedly attached to timber you .. find on site? With the assumption that you will find an appropriate piece? Otherwise you’ll end up carrying some lengths around with you. In which case … what’s the advantage to these again?

-- Never is longer than forever.

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#7 posted 08-04-2013 01:03 AM

pipe clamps flex just as much as a 2×4 will. I am intrigued, but not ready to jump at that price. I think I need to put my hands on them to check the quality. I like the Idea behind them. I have done a lot of final finish and case work on site and these would be great to have in my tool cart, if they are of a good quality.

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#8 posted 08-04-2013 01:52 AM

I agree that the price on these is a bit high for something I would just keep around “just in case.”

That said, my current project will have a 77 inch shelf between two uprights in dadoes. My long clamps right now only go to about 60 inches. My plan right now is to thread the other end of my pipe clamps and join two of the five foot pipes to make a couple long ones. If I had a couple of these clamps I would just put them on a couple of boards I have around and be done.

But I can’t see spending $45 on something I would rarely use. Might be good to put on the Christmas wish list though.

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#9 posted 08-04-2013 01:53 AM

Robyn’s right. My guess is if you “find” the timber on site, you will soon “find” yourself sporting these clamps in some random part of your anatomy when the other guy “finds” your clamps on his material.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#10 posted 08-04-2013 06:37 AM

The 2X4s that you get today leave me a little hesitant to put a lot of pressure on them, but for most work
they might be OK, but I would want to take a close look at them in my hand before I spent that much on

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#11 posted 08-27-2013 01:17 AM

Starting to be some reviews showing up on Amazon now. Interesting that one says it is mostly metal, while another says it is mostly plastic. Guess it could be a matter of your perspective on what is “mostly.” Reviews are generally good though.

Price is more than it was listed for before it was actually available, up to $24.59 now.

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#12 posted 08-27-2013 02:48 AM

is it half full or half empty????

sorry I couldn’t resist

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#13 posted 08-27-2013 02:50 AM

That price for one set? I guess the question would be why this over another clamping solution.

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#14 posted 08-27-2013 02:53 AM

So instead of skinny pipes taking up my wall space realty I’ll have to contend with 19 different lengths of 2×4 material instead, I think I’ll stick with a 6ft pipe clamp with a coupling so I can interchange sizes.

Shawn – I dunno about a 3/4” pipe or bar clamp flexing unless you’re squeezing the ever loving Jesus out of something I have a hard time believing the craptastic wood that comes from the BB stores will flex just as much as a 3/4” pipe I’d guess those clamps would start slipping, twisting, or the wood would start cracking before you’d reach the same pressure as a pipe or bar, if you’re using oak or something heavier possibly but then that is even more money wasted and you’ll always have to have different lengths and when they get chewed up you’ll need new ones.

I’ll stick with $13-15 pipes that have lasted for the last 5 years and will probably outlive me.

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