Aw, the old clamp question...
After reading the entire string, several adages come to mind, as yet
unmentioned. Of course, a woodworker cannot have too many clamps, and
if they sit in the corner for a while, the old black plumbing pipe
will rust...only, that shining black finish is paint, and tends to
flake off onto the project, so I choose to buy galvanized pipe.
I cut the pipe into 16-inch dimensionals (16,32,48,64) and thread both
ends. With unions, I can make a pair of two-hundred foot clamps, if
On galvanized pipe, excess glue is easily cleaned off by sliding the
tail-piece up and down the pipe. A clean clamp is mandatory.
To keep the thread adjustment clean and free moving, I keep a slab of
canning wax in the drawer, and swipe that along the threads before
running the adjustment up and down...about twice a year. No problem
Of course, the beauty of working wood is such variety of opinion.
Different clamps for different purposes is hard to argue, but the old
pipe clamps have served most purposes in my shop for more than
thirty-five years, and many of them are that old.