6"+ steel spring clamps, "pony" style?


hello' hope this type of post is kosher here i'm trying to find a source for a whole bunch of spring clamps, ive seen alot of junky metal and plastic ones on ebay, but the decent ones on there were very pricey i thought..
i need 100 to 200 decent quality spring clamps for ongoing small "glue-up"projects.. i live in long island NY. 2"mouth would be minimum.some larger sizes would be good as well maybe.. any ideas please let me know much appreciated. Matt att tribalwind d0t c0m.
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I know that a few years ago, home Depot sold a decent 2" capacity spring clamp for a buck. Over a period of a few months, I bought one or two every time I went there, til I had about 20 or so.
But, here's an idea that you may be able to use rather than spending $100-200 on spring clamps. Buy or scrounge a length of 4" or 6" PVC pipe. Cut it into 1" lengths. I've done it on the tablesaw, which does a nice job but the plastic sawdust is a mess. Then make a single cut radially, so that when you spread the piece of pipe, it is in a 'C' shape. Just spread them apart by hand, then let the edges come back together over the surfaces you are clamping. You can make a second cut if necessary to allow for somewhat thicker workpieces.
Not my idea, I don't remember where I first saw it, but it's commonly used in small boat building to clamp a gunwhale (sp?) around the sides of a boat.
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