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Forum topic by todd4390 posted 10-07-2014 07:52 PM 2053 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-07-2014 07:52 PM

Just bout some pipe for some Bessy pipe clamps I have and was wondering how everyone that uses these handle the black mess that comes off pipe onto your hands and project

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#1 posted 10-07-2014 08:29 PM

I have had mine for a while, so they no longer stain my hands. However the iron will react with glue to make a small black spot on panels etc. You could clean the pipes with some mineral spirits.
I usually find black marks on the bottom of panel glueups, so no big deal. They sand off if needed.

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#2 posted 10-07-2014 10:13 PM

You can slide some PVC over the pipes to avoid staining\marring your work.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#3 posted 10-07-2014 10:17 PM

Good thing this question came up. I have a tangential question though; why use black pipes instead of the regular galvanized steel pipes?

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#4 posted 10-07-2014 11:09 PM

All of mine are galvanized… black ones for me, just for that reason…..stains….....!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#5 posted 10-07-2014 11:16 PM

There was a recent thread about pipe clamps that had some info that may be helpful:

Some thoughts suggested to avoid the black stuff: wax paper, painters tape, elevating workpiece above the clamps, cleaning the pipes.

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#6 posted 10-07-2014 11:30 PM

Good thing this question came up. I have a tangential question though; why use black pipes instead of the regular galvanized steel pipes?

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The black pipes are smoother, making it easier to move the sliding jaw, and usually have a better grip.

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#7 posted 10-08-2014 12:23 PM

I used to put waxed paper on top of the black pipe between the pipe and the panel being glued up. I use Bessey parallel clamps now, but still use the waxed paper to keep the glue off the clamps and the bench. I use the waxed paper for all glue ups just to keep the mess down. I keep a couple of rolls in the shop all the time. Cheap and easy to clean up. Just wad it up and toss it.

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#8 posted 10-08-2014 01:01 PM

I don’t use my pipe clamps much anymore, but I cut small squares of wood, then drilled a slightly oversize 3/4” hole in the middle of them. I slip those squares over the pipes and my workpiece rests on them.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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