| I'm trying to design an inexpensive way to make shop clamps.
| My last set of clamps are 2 1/2 in. Pony pipe fixtures for 3/4
| in. black pipe (4 ft.7 in.each ) with pipe and tax were $44.60
| total at Home Depot. Not a fortune, but I would like to have more
| clamps of a wide variety including some deepest and (roll-your-own)
| would give me anything without spending a fortune on specialty
| clamps (some very pricey).
| I'm thinking that either band iron or pipe would be the cheapest.
| I have several ideas to try and would like to not use the welder or
| milling machine any more than necessary so I'm searching for
| suggestions from other clamp lovers who have made their own before.
| Clamps I use need to be 100 - 300 lb. range. more for the larger
| ones. Thanks before hand, I hope that I don't sound like a tightwad.
I like the 3/4" pipe clamps from HF (~US$4 on sale).
Come to think of it, I have a pile of their 4" and 6" C-clamps.
They're also a good buy when on sale. For my shop and budget they're
as good as anyone elses.
I also like the face frame clamps from Menards (~$10, posted photo to
ABPW a while back).
I've built project-specific clamps using scrap 1" pine and 1/4"
threaded rod and knobs (photo at link in sig).
I watch for good sale prices on the ratcheting squeeze clamps and use
something that looks like a bench hook to extend their reach (posted
photo to ABPW a while back for this, too). The ones I have came from
Menards (~$3+ on sale).
I've built a couple of special-purpose cam clamps from 2x lumber and
aluminum angle that work well (photo posted to ABPW some time back).
JT has also built cam clamps and said he'd take pictures - if he can
remember where he left his camera ;-)
You can also integrate clamping into some ordinary shop accessories.
For an example of what I'm talking about, visit
http://www.iedu.com/DeSoto/SH_Project.html and scroll down to see my
clamping crazy three-legged sawhorse.
In the background of the first photo on that page and at the top of
http://www.iedu.com/DeSoto/PT_Sign.html you can see a clamp that I
built for splicing 49"-wide sheet goods. This one was a bit pricey
because I bought a half-dozen clamp screws, but it'd have been even
spendier if I'd bought it ready-made.
DeSoto, Iowa USA