H-style pipe clamps vs Clutch Clamps

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Forum topic by BiotinX posted 10-08-2017 10:48 PM 1475 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-08-2017 10:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: clamps panels question


Is there an advantage to using pipe clamps vs clutch clamps for clamping together panels during glue up? I understand that the H-style clamps will stand up and support the piece on the work bench, but where I live pipe clamps plus pipe are ~ 2x the price of a clutch clamp.


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#1 posted 10-08-2017 11:04 PM

Since the pipe is close to the gluing surface,
pipe clamps offer a convenience for panel
glue-ups. They aren’t too heavy and different
pipe lengths can be used. Normally they are
a good all ‘round bar clamp if you’re on a

F-clamps are a little awkward imo for panel
glue-ups because the bar is so far from the
clamp heads.

If you’re just doing a small volume of work
use whatever clamps make sense to you. You
can even glue up panels without clamps at
all. You can find videos on YouTube showing
various techniques.

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#2 posted 10-09-2017 01:46 PM

+1 on Loren’s points.

Also, where are you located? If you have access to a Harbor Freight or similar store, off-brand aluminum bar clamps (not f-style) can usually be had for cheap, and stiffened up a bit by using a hardwood insert.

I think if I had more than 2 panels to glue up, trying to make it work with f-style clamps would frustrate me to no end. Plus, the ergonomics on their handles are usually pretty uncomfortable (at least, for me, and I only have medium sized hands).

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#3 posted 10-09-2017 06:11 PM

F style clamps work fine. Just let the bar swing down so it contacts the panel glue-up.

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#4 posted 10-11-2017 03:47 AM

During most glue ups ANY and EVERY clamp may get used. One can never have enough clamps… And some here have a enormous collection.

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#5 posted 10-13-2017 04:07 PM

Thanks all for the suggestions. I think I’ll start with pipe clamps knowing that I’ll most likely buy more clamps in the future. There is no Harbor Freight where I live and shipping is expensive. I have family that lives in WA state and I plan on making a trip to Harbor Freight during the holidays and bringing a bunch of stuff back with me on the plan.

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