Originally Posted by OnealWoodworking
With pipe clamps you WANT 'mismatches' if you can help it as this lets you very
easily clamp in more than one direction at the same time.
1/2" pipe will easily go under the 3/4" stuff and work fine.
The Pony I-beam clams are even better as they can either be laid down flat on the bottom or stood up right on the top when clamping in two different directions at one time. The same exact size clamp can have either a 'low' or 'high' profile depending on how you tip it.
Example that did not come from youtube:
In that picture I am clamping in three different directions with absolutely no problems...
My clamps look really 'well used' because they are. :smile3:
How you doing Oneal? Yes there are always exceptions because of the large variety of the work that is done. The person that I gave advice to was building their there collection of clamps and made a nice rack for themselves. I wanted to give him "props" with an encouraging word.
The shop that I ran had a large variety of clamps including sets of different lengths of both 1/2" and 3/4" Pony pipe clamps, sets of Jorgenson HD I beam clamps (not called pony), LD Jorgenson band clamps, HD canvas band clamps, C clamps, F style clamps, hand screws ... Yes it is nice to have variety. We became quite efficient with our glue ups and streamlined our methods out of necessity. Storage of the clamped up projects was an issue, we had to adapt. Standard lengths helped here to save space as we used a standing stacking method.
We were fortunate to have many large FLAT workbenches, glue up tables, and extension tables. Cover with butcher paper, glue, clamp, square assembly, move to temporary storage area, remove clamps, move frames, doors, etc. to regular storage, clamps back to racks, or use. You know, work flow pattern.
Fortunately was able to do most work in the shop and rarely had to work under the conditions shown in your photo. You got to do what you have to do. I do see that yours are well used and you don't buy junk. Professional stuff that has to earn its keep, not act as ornamentation.