Just ordered a set of pipe clamps. What is everyone's opinion on the type of pipe I should get? Black, galvanized, etc?
The last black pipes I got for pipe clamps I washed the black off with gasoline. It's kind of time consuming but the black coating is gone and the pipes are clean.Thanks guys… How inconvenient is the black rubbing off onto your wood? Easy fix?
But what do you do if you have more than 10 clamps??Endgrainy makes a good point about leaving marks on your wood with black pipes but Galvy pipes leave marks also.
I always slip my fingers under pipe clamps so they are not in contact with the wood to prevent this problem.
I second getting long lengths of black iron pipe for your clamps.I just use 3/4" black iron pipe that I bought at Lowes and cut into the sizes I needed. The upside of pipe clamps is they re super strong (sometimes too strong) and won t flex.
The downside of the black pipe is that it can "rub off" onto wood resting on the pipe during glue ups. I ve taken to coating the pipe in painters tape to avoid this.
Definitely get it cut to longer lengths and threaded on both sides for more flexibility.Black pipe is the way to go ,in time the galvanized peals off of pipe clamps.Also 3/4 " pipe is much better than 1/2"it flexes a lot less than 1/2". When you get the pipes make sure you get both ends of the pipe threaded so you can join more than one pipe together with pipe couplers. Another point get some pipes that are 3" or so, longer than sizes used mostly ,as an example ,instead of getting 24"pipes get 27 " so that you can easily clamp 24" projects.
Bobin, I've tried waxed paper but the problem is the length. When I tighten the clamps the length shortens and the paper either bunches up at the ends or it gets stuck between the boards. How do you deal with it ? Other than the bunching, waxed paper seems like a viable solution.Get a roll of cut rite wax paper and tear a strip about four inches wide, crease it down the center and lay it on the pipe clamp and then put your wood on and clamp it.