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If you consider the Jorgensen Cabinet Master clamps, check out the prices in quantity of four at www.leevalley.com. 48" cabinetmaster clamps are $31.50 each.
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While I prefer the K bodies over the Cabinet Masters I have to honestly say that the K bodies are not worth the extra 2 bucks per clamp... So I also would advise you to check on them ..
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The latest Rockler e-mail says they'll sell you two of their 48" pipe clamps for $19.99. I know these aren't K-bodies, but they're good pipe clamps, for a good price.
Kevin
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Rockler is including the PIPE for their pipe clamps???
Typically you can buy the Pony brand pipe clamps for around $10-$11 a set
On Tue, 3 Aug 2004 18:04:04 -0400, "Kevin Singleton"

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To my understanding, yes. The e-mail showed the difference between Rockler's clamps and the "others", including the stain left by "their" black iron pipe. From what I read, the Rockler clamps come with 48" of galvanized pipe.
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The way I read it was the $19.99 was for the two pieces of 48" galvanized pipe. The clamps were extra....
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Best deal I know of is Amazon.com' door clamp kit. 2 40" and 2 24" for 139.99. Free shipping and if you buy 2 sets, they'll knock off another 25.00. That's an average of 31.87 per clamp, delivered to your door.
Gary
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When Home Depot, here in the United States, was changing their featured cabinet clamp supplier, there were many postings on the best deals on KBodies. One of the wReckers suggested that Gross Stabil PC2 clamps were every bit as good, and offered a link to an online retailer who had a really great deal on them.
I took a flyer, and bought 4 of the 31" version. They are at least as good, and I find them actually somewhat easier to use. And my 8 Kbodies don't get jealous.
By the way, I seem to use that 31" size most often for the cabinets I build.
Now, about great deals half a world away, I can't help much. But search for the PC2 clamp, and see what you can find.
Patriarch
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On Tue, 3 Aug 2004 17:07:26 +1200, "Greg Coulter"

You might want to ask yourself how many of these K bodies you want to keep around the shop.
I keep four of them but, to be fair, I also have a number of Jorgensen I-beam style bar clamps.
Both of these styles are heavy and make a glued up piece hard to move off the bench.
Some years back I got rid of about half the Jorgensen in favor of the Bessey Tradesman style clamps. These are light and plenty strong.
The advantage to the K bodies is that they square things up for you pretty good. The disadvantage is the weight.
I've seen carcases deformed by the weight of too many heavy clamps.
The K bodies are sort of all the rage just now but a collection of mixed styles might be more beneficial and cost effective.
Regards, Tom.
Thomas J.Watson - Cabinetmaker (ret.) tjwatson1ATcomcastDOTnet (real email) http://home.comcast.net/~tjwatson1
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<<Snip>>.
(While interesting, Tom doesn't answer the OP's question. My answer is that the price seems to be manufacturer fixed and usually the price differences between retailers is minimal. I buy K bodies in pairs, rarely more than that at a time. This makes savings very small.)
Mr. Watson's real point is that one clamping system is not an answer to all clamping requirements. I agree. His closing statement is a little too misleading to the inexperienced clamp camper though. You need to have experience with K-body type clamps and others to know when/how to use them, but in *many* circumstances it is not practical to mix clamp types without proper fixtures. Twisting, racking and clamp distortion can occur more redily by mixing clamp types than by the weight issue, assuming a material strength and thickness to support the weight. You need to consider what you'll be clamping and how you'll accomplish the task before assuming that K bodied clamps are either good or bad.
BTW- welcome back Tom...lol
Myx
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all clamping

clamp camper though.

when/how to use

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mixing clamp

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... and we woodworkers sometimes get carried away anal-lyzing basically simple, intuitive tasks. :)
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                tanj
Regards, Tom.
Thomas J.Watson - Cabinetmaker (ret.) tjwatson1ATcomcastDOTnet (real email) http://home.comcast.net/~tjwatson1
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Hey Tom, welcome back.
I am planning a built-in cabinet project for my finished attic - something I've never done or even come close to doing. It would be simple except for the brilliant thought I came up with - having a swing-out bookcase that hides a fairly large door that provides access to rafter storage. The wall/roof has a gabeled profile, so I'm a little unsure how to provide a hinge support for this type of thing. Looking at your website, I would wager you've done just about every kind of built-in project - do you know of any books or websites or other resources that might educate someone like me with basically no experience on this type of thing?
Thanks for any suggestions or help you can offer.
Mike

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On Wed, 04 Aug 2004 21:59:22 GMT, "Mike in Mystic"

If you could sketch it up a little bit and put it up on ABPW, I'd be glad to help you.
Regards, Tom.
Thomas J.Watson - Cabinetmaker (ret.) tjwatson1ATcomcastDOTnet (real email) http://home.comcast.net/~tjwatson1
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Thanks, Tom. I just drew up a really terrible sketch in Paint - totally not to scale, but it should give a better idea of what I'm trying to do. I'll write more of an explanation over in ABPW with the drawing.
Mike
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On Thu, 05 Aug 2004 03:51:32 GMT, "Mike in Mystic"

Mike: I answered this (I hope) over on ABPW.
Regards, Tom.
Thomas J.Watson - Cabinetmaker (ret.) tjwatson1ATcomcastDOTnet (real email) http://home.comcast.net/~tjwatson1
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I went on a clamp buying spree a while back when the local HD was clearing out their stuff. Bought 5 long K bodies and many many of the Jorgenson bar clamps. I got an email about a clamp sale from Penn State Industries.
http://www.pennstateindustries.com /
I bought about $200 dollars worth of the squeeze to close clamps from their site. They put them on sale all the time, (right now they have free shipping with $100 dollar order.)
Ok, one arrived broken out of 15. Called them on the phone and told them. Had a replacement in 3 days. Took the broken one and epoxied the handle, good as new.
When ever I clamp, these are the first ones I grab.
Check out the site and be sure to click on the link for web specials. They have links to a lot of the previous web sales that they will still honor. You can not beat their prices for real quality clamps.
Label is not everything. If the clamp holds tight and straight, that is good enough for me.
And I can spend the money I saved on other stuff!!
Bill
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