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I purchased some nice pipe clamps from Rockler, now where do I purchase the pipes? You can tell I'm a novice. LOL
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Pipe Clamp

you buy the BLACK IRON pipe at any box store.
it is best to get them threaded on each end so if you
need really long ones, you can string them together with couplings.
some brands of pipe have a tar-like paint on them. some have
just black paint.
the shiny slick metal EMT and galvanized pipe do not hold the clamp
ends firmly after some use and become useless.
the metal EMT couplings found in the electrical dept. are the best
as they don't have a coating and are thinner than the plumbing couplings.
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Hi Andy...

No worries we all started as novice at some point. I'm with John...black iron pipe for most.

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Ditto on the black pipe. I got mine at Home Depot. I normally shop Lowe's but they charge 4 or 5 times what HD charges for threading.

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I've been using galvanized pipe with clamps for three decades - never a slip. A few cents more for the galvanized but no messy black hands or wood stains from the black pipe.


Perhaps it's a conspiracy from the all-powerful Black-Pipe Industry or a old wive's tale still repeated and without merit today.
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I use black pipe, it's cheaper. I buy 10' lengths and cut it in two to make two clamps.
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Local Ace Harware has the galvanized,,, cut it and thread it for free and I get bonus points on all purchases.... Tractor Supply is also good.
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3/4 x 36" black pipe 15.47


3/4 x 36" galv. pipe 18.67


What's the old saying? "Penny wise - black pipe messy hands and stained-wood foolish?"

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I have used galv. pipes for 40+ years and yes they do slip some, but if you apply a little pressures on the clamping tabs when you start clamping they hold just fine. Having said that I also use black iron pipe clamps which work fine, I don't use the ones with the tar like paint.
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I don't think all galvanizing is the same, or maybe it is the jaws on the clamps, I have had some galvanized ones that worked just fine, others that would not hold, I drilled a hole to push a nail through, that stopped them from slipping.
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All I have is galvanized. To my knowledge never had one slip.



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I just recently made several clamps out of black pipe from HD. It was considerably cheaper to buy it in 10' lengths and have them cut and thread it for me. Each piece was roughly $17 as opposed to $8 (I think) for a precut 24" section. My store even cut and threaded them for free.

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I use galvanized and just cut them to the length I needed.

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Thanks again guys for all y'all's help, as usual very informative. I'm heading down to HD now. Once I get all the purchasing done I will start my first project.
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I purchased some nice pipe clamps from Rockler, now where do I purchase the pipes? You can tell I'm a novice. LOL
Welcome to woodworking!

I have used galvanized pipes for 35+ years. If the end slips, just apply a little more pressure on the non-handle end as you turn the handle on the other end.

I don't believe HD or Lowes were around when I purchased my pipes. I probably got them at a place called ACE Hardware or Supply One (which is gone out of business). ACE is where I get most of my hardware.

Tip #1
Don't forget to either get some pads for your clamps or make your own wood pads. The pads will keep your clamps from marring the wood.

Tip #2
Don't let your wood touch the galvanized pipe while you are gluing up your project. Use some packing tape on the clamp wherever the wood touches the pipe. The black stain is very difficult to remove.

Make sure you post your projects in the projects forum.

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Iron pipe is commonly available in 3 wall thicknesses. The stuff carried at the box stores is the thinnest. OK for personal use but if you have employees you will end up with less bent pipes by buying the heavier stuff. It is available at plumbing supply companies. If you need to put so much force on that you bend the pipes there is something else wrong! I've had galvanized slip, a real PIA when using long clamps that you can't quickly reach the other end.
Get yourself a few of the long reach (about 4"+-) heads. You can use them to cross clamp over top of the standard ones. They can also be reversed so you can push with them. Over the years I've had several brands. Some not so good but Pony brand has always been good. After years of use the clutches may start to slip, just flip them over for new edges. A very small drop of oil on the screw & socket area seems like a good idea in the long run.
I've got couplings to join pipes but for a quick coupling just hook the two sliding ends together.
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