Shopmade Bar/Pipe clamps

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Project by corydoras posted 02-15-2014 03:54 PM 39657 views 144 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Building some cabinets, and not having the proper length clamps, got me thinking I needed some of those.
I was given 150 feet of 1” galvanized steel pipes at work, and figured this could be used.
Also got some 40mm oak countertop cut offs that was suitable.

Clamps are made like a bar clamp, but has the “friction stop” function of a pipeclamp (no rifles in the clamp bar) just the “binding” between the angeled sheet metal and the pipe.

The sheet metal pieces are not tempered, but seem to hold up really well. They can easily be removed for tempering or replacing if the clamp should start slipping

There is also a block at the bottom of the clamp to make thems stand up by themselves during glue-up

Build video:

The wood is threaded directly for the threaded rod (no T-nut) and the handle is made from 24 mm broom stick cut offs, with a foam/rubber bicycle handle grip, the threads are suprisingly strong (test in the video)

The steel pipe should not be less than 1” I think. This is relatively “thick walled” pipe with 2mm thick walls

If you have accsess to a large thread cutter you could of course make extensions for these.

Sketchup/PDF plans are available at My Website

bellevuesnekkeristore(at) , or send me a PM

Best reg

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#1 posted 02-15-2014 04:01 PM

Great idea…they look very well made…and almost free
Do they slip at all?

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#2 posted 02-15-2014 04:26 PM

They look super,very good thinking.


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#3 posted 02-15-2014 04:51 PM

You were GIVEN 150 feet of 1” galvanized steel pipes at work? Hell, that’s a GLOAT if I ever heard of one!

That’ll get you a big ol’ YOU SUCK from me!

Great job on the clamps! I favorited it.

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#4 posted 02-15-2014 05:53 PM

Very resourceful, nicely done.

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#5 posted 02-15-2014 06:13 PM

That’s a great idea ! Thanks for sharing.

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#6 posted 02-15-2014 06:25 PM

super swift idea

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#7 posted 02-15-2014 07:04 PM

Nice job. Love the handles

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#8 posted 02-15-2014 07:53 PM

Very well done for a Norwegian. :)
I have enough scraps for several. I will have to buy the pipe though.

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#9 posted 02-15-2014 08:31 PM

Very clever! I’m adding the video to my 'Shop Made Clamps' playlist on YT.

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#10 posted 02-15-2014 08:50 PM

Sweet. You are the man when it comes to shop made machines.
I like them.

And I like the Bulls Head sign in the background. It is a classic.


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#11 posted 02-15-2014 10:09 PM

sweet have to make a couple and try them out now…

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#12 posted 02-15-2014 10:33 PM

Nicely done.

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#13 posted 02-16-2014 12:20 AM

Great job brother.
I can’t even imagine how much money you saved yourself, and you have some very cool and useful clamps for your effort.
Nice job.

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#14 posted 02-16-2014 12:56 AM

Awesome. I enjoyed the video as well. You do great work.

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#15 posted 02-16-2014 01:23 AM

Very nice clamps.

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