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bhacksaw

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08-07-2013 03:49 AM

I recently bought pipe clamps in anticipation of building a bed frame. I will need the breadth afforded by pipe clamps when gluing the head/footboards together. I can’t seem to find where to get the type of threaded rod that is needed for these clamps, however. Any ideas? Thanks.

Sidenote: As a burgeoning woodworker, I believe that’s the first time I ever typed the word “gluing”, based on how wrong I thought it looked.


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#1 posted 08-07-2013 03:54 AM

My friendly neighbourhood home depot sells it.

-- James

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bhacksaw

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#2 posted 08-07-2013 03:57 AM

I tried looking at their website, but couldn’t find the 3/4”that the clamps need. I should probably just go in and talk to someone, though.

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#3 posted 08-07-2013 04:01 AM

I hope this doesn’t sound rude but, you do realize you’re buying pipe….right?

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#4 posted 08-07-2013 04:03 AM

You use threaded black pipe in the diameter needed (1”, 3/4”, 1/2” etc). Get it at any Home Depot, Lowes or supply house. You can get it cut and threaded in any length you want. You can also buy it in short lengths and join them with threaded nipples. The shorter pipes are easier to store if you’re starved for space.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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bhacksaw

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#5 posted 08-07-2013 04:08 AM

Gary: ...what?!

Tom: Thanks, that was the info i was looking for.

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#6 posted 08-07-2013 04:16 AM

” I recently bought pipe clamps” ?

-- Tom D

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#7 posted 08-07-2013 04:18 AM

Didn’t mean to sound rude or smug….. just wasn’t sure if you knew the “rods” were just pipe. Glad you know now. You might want to take one of the ends with you to make sure you get the right size. They come in different sizes as Tom indicated.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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MrFid

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#8 posted 08-07-2013 04:27 AM

You’ll find some tips for using pipe clamps in a bunch of different places, but let me give you a head start.

The black pipes are the cheapest way to go, and it’s what the product (pipe clamps) are made for. Make sure at least one end is threaded… if not ask someone they can thread it for you there (if you’ve got about 15 minutes to wait, which is how long it takes to find an employee who knows what they are doing at my HD). As Tom said they will cut it in any length you want. I keep some longer ones and some shorter ones around since it’s easy to change pipes with the clamping apparatuses (hmm. Apparati?)
The blackness (it’s some sort of gross tar or lubricant or by-product of milling the pipe, I’d guess.) that comes on the pipe WILL get on your project if you don’t take precautions against that. I use clear packing tape on the pipe on the side that will likely come into contact with the wood. Then the tape gets peeled off after the glue up. This also prevents the pipe from getting glue on it. Win win, baby.
Also, the faces of those clamps have been known to mar the wood, or at least dent it. To remedy this, put more clear packing tape on a flat piece of scrap. Get a hot glue gun warm and squeeze a puddle (official unit of measurement) onto the faces of the clamp. Then clamp the piece of scrap LIGHTLY. Your goal is to get the puddle to flatten out. Once it’s dry, you’ll have a hot glue barrier stuck to the end of the pipe clamp. Then when you clamp up, the face of the clamp (iron) will have a buffer between that and the wood.

Hope this helps a little. Welcome to LJs.

Joke about hot glue guns:

I went looking for a hot glue gun, but I ended up with a mildly attractive glue gun with a great personality.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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bhacksaw

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#9 posted 08-07-2013 05:05 AM

Great tip about the diy clamp pads. Thanks!

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JADobson

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#10 posted 08-07-2013 05:10 AM

This is totally off topic but because I really like words I thought I’d let MrFid know, if he cares, that apparatus is one of those words that is exactly the the same singular as it is plural (like moose). You can have one apparatus or seven apparatus or any other word of your choosing. Apparatuses is apparently also acceptable but is not true to the Latin origin of the word. Pedantic etymological word speech over.

-- James

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Handtooler

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#11 posted 08-07-2013 06:34 AM

JA, Likewise with “Fox” and “Cannon”, huh? And yes, super tips with utilization of pipe clamps. Thanks!

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@outlook.com

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MrFid

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#12 posted 08-07-2013 11:49 AM

Huh. Interesting Dobson. I never knew, thanks! :)

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#13 posted 08-07-2013 02:35 PM

1 mouse, 2 mice
1 blouse, 2 blice?
1 moose, 2 meese?
1 stewardess, 2 stewardii?

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#14 posted 08-07-2013 03:09 PM

The Bessey clamps I bought on sale a few months back have pads on them.

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

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#15 posted 08-07-2013 03:16 PM

Lowes also sells pipe in various lengths and also cuts and threads oddball lengths.

Thanks for the word lessons, guys. It just goes to show you that you can learn all sorts of things on Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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