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Blog entry by mafe posted 01-16-2022 09:05 PM 1716 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Pipe clamps
making, pads and stands.

Pipe clamps has been on my wish list for years, didn’t really need them, rarely do that big stuff, but when doing just that, I were always thinking; why don’t I have a set of pipe clamps… and well yes I just always liked them.

Last year my old mother gave a pack of four clamp heads (they were on the wish list), so I had to do something about it, at some point at that was now.

As always I check prices and had a chock, when finding out that the pipes with precut thread, was four times the price of the pipe heads…
Hmmmmmmm.


This is how they ended up looking, but first we have to go back in time.


Bringing pipes home.


I am never paying too much for any thing, so I found my way around it.

The calculation:

I needed six 2 meter pipes and wanted four 1 meter extensions, so I could use these for short clamps and also be able to work in up to 2,8 lengths, for doors and so on.

If I should buy those pipes pre made, it would cost:
2 meters: 6×230 kr = 1380 kr and 2 meters: 4×130 kr = 520 kr
Total: 1900 kr / 290 usd / 255 euro.

2 full length 6 meters ¾ pipe is 510 kr / 78 usd / 68 euro.– crazy the threading can be that expensive!!! I have a set for threading, in the allotment, so I just have to cut them then.

But I need a way to cut them, as I can’t drive with 6 meters on the roof of my wee car, so I bought a 18v grinder, for my Makita system, 540 kr on sale.

510 + 540 kr = 1050 kr, so I still saved 850 kr / 130 usd / 115 euro and got my self a grinder.


Got my self a cordless grinder now, actually wanted that for quite a while, so big smile here.


The threader set, a cheap one I got for nothing in a junk sale, a long time back and never used…


Hmmmmmmmm, the ¾ threader really sucks, cut’s so badly, that it’s destructive…


Even for my fingers…


Suddenly I have a plumbers workshop…
But I will have to get a new ¾ cutter, so a break for now.


Strange world…
It was cheaper to buy a full set, than just one, another 300 kr / 30 usd / 40 euro, still saved a big, so no problem and I need the threader in the allotment, so all is fine.


That was better, it cuts just fine.


Fair threads, for an amateur.


Finally!!!


First clamp made.


Now I just needed to cut another thirteen or more threads…
I took four a day, as I have chronic pain and this is a job for men with big muscles and dirty fingers, not retired Architects used to lifting pencils, laugs.


But the time could be used well, here cutting some cork.
Old flooring cork tiles I found in the trash a long time ago.


Sticking them on double sided tape.


Mounting on the pipe clamp heads.


The one half got a wee modification, in the form of two holes.


Tadaaaaa!
Just so we don’t get marks on the wood clamped.


Next up some plywood were cut up, for more assesories.


Marking the centre of the pipe.


Drilling.


With the deep stop set, so I don’t go through and get a blow out.


Just so deep that I can go from other side after, by using the point, that exactly sticks out.


But also use to mark the next.


We got raisers!
If I could redo, I would have made then a wee higher, but this was fine.
Some pipe clamps have raisers, so this will not be needed there.


Using one to drill into another…


Making a circle cut on the side.


This little circle cut, can be used like this, to rest the clamps on.


Now a rabbet, made on the table saw.


Use a back stop, to avoid blow out.


Now they can be used with some of my other clamp types, to rest the clamps on.


Never ending story…


You can never have to many clamps, here on my small stuff clamp wall.


And now also pipe clamps.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, just some pipe clamps or a good laugh.

Best thoughts,

MaFe

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.



22 comments so far

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Ken90712

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#1 posted 01-16-2022 10:17 PM

Very cool, never enough clamps. Hope all is well buddy

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 01-16-2022 10:53 PM

Great clamps, Mads. I like you accessories for them too. I could have used them today on this big tray I’m gluing together,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 01-16-2022 11:00 PM

I forget which brand of pipe clamps I bought here when I needed them, but they came with risers / stands built into the clamp heads. Very nice. But yours are even nicer, being self-made and custom!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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lew

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#4 posted 01-17-2022 01:00 AM

Clever design for those wooden pads, Mads. Great multitasking!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Doug

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#5 posted 01-17-2022 01:16 AM

Pipe clamps can be some of the best ways to clamp a project. I have a few 3/4” pipe clamp. Because they are lighter and still provide good clamping pressure, I prefer to use my 1/2” pipe clamps. Lately, because I don’t have access to my main shop, I find other solutions like wedges for clamping. This works fine because I’m not making any large projects right now. Enjoy the new clamps! :-)

-- Doug

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Eric

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#6 posted 01-17-2022 02:48 AM

Nicely done Mads. And yes, one can never have enough clamps. Well done.

-- Eric, building the dream

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doubleDD

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#7 posted 01-17-2022 03:25 AM

I thought I was on a woodworking site and instead got a lesson on pipe. Lol. Nice work Mads. I like the idea.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#8 posted 01-17-2022 09:39 AM



... as I can’t drive with 6 meters on the roof of my wee car…
- mafe

Should have just bundled them into the boot… no need to tie down.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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woodchucker1

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#9 posted 01-17-2022 02:05 PM

I got my pipes cut and threaded at Homee Deepot or Loweees for cheap many years ago. The job was done in a few minutes. I recently found another set of ends. Now you got me thinking that I should get a pipe set for it too. Maybe I will. Thanks for your videos. I love your shop and all those clamps. I am envious !

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James E McIntyre

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#10 posted 01-17-2022 08:14 PM

How did you attach the cork to the face of the clamp? Contact cement?

I like your wood risers. Thanks for that tip.

You some times refer to your old mother. How old is that mother. :-)

-- James E McIntyre

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Schwieb

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#11 posted 01-17-2022 08:49 PM

Nice thoughtful work as always Mads.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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James E McIntyre

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#12 posted 01-19-2022 03:07 PM

It has a nice soft glow. If it breaks you guys can always eat it or turn it into a salt lick.

Great work on the bird and design.

-- James E McIntyre

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LittleBlackDuck

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#13 posted 01-19-2022 11:47 PM


It has a nice soft glow. If it breaks you guys can always eat it or turn it into a salt lick.

Great work on the bird and design.

- James E McIntyre

JEMI, did you zig when you should've zagged?.. or should I have started drinking earlier?

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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mafe

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#14 posted 01-20-2022 09:57 AM

Hi guys,

Ken90712, All well here thank you, hope all is well with you and the beautiful one. Never enough clamps!

Jim J, I could have used them when I made half doors for my allotment… next time. Thanks dear Jim, Cheers.

Dave P, Sadly I could not get that type here and if I should import, it would have been four times the price… Well I would not have had a good time then, smiles. Thank you Dave.

lew, Mulifunction multitasking multimafe… Laugh. Somehow it’s just me MultiMaFe laughs. Thanks Les.

Eric, Smiles Eric. Never too many clamps! Tadaaaaaaa!!!!

doubleDD, Big laugh, yes perhaps I should try and smoke one… Thanks.

LittleBlackDuck, Did you see my car? I call it an old womans car.

Doug, Here I have only seen one size, but we are a small country of 6.5 million people, so that’s normal. Yes wedges can solve most really, a few straight boards and some wedges, or even a rope and a stick, I have made a door like that years back. Thank you with a smile here, I love to be in my work shop.

woodchucker1, Not that option here, I could go to a plumber and would probably have payed 200usd for the threads, but right now they are so busy, due to boom in building, that they would most likely have just said piss off, laughs.

James E McIntyre, Just with carpet tape, it’s really strong (There’s a picture with the text: Sticking them on double sided tape.). Happy if it can be useful, then it’s worth it. Big smile here. My old mother is not that old, she’s only 77, so she was a young mother when she had me at 24. For your second comment…..laughs…..

Schwieb, good to see you here. Thank you, with a big smile.

Best thoughts to you all,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#15 posted 01-20-2022 11:06 AM



... LittleBlackDuck, Did you see my car? I call it an old womans car…
- mafe

I did notice something black under those rods… I was looking for my grandmother in the picture.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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