How to Build Pipe Clamps

Overview

Pipe clamps consist of a fixed head section, a movable tail stop and a threaded section of black pipe. Unlike other types of elongated clamps, a pipe clamp's length can be adjusted by changing the length of the black pipe holding the fixed head and tail stop. With a near limitless length, a pipe clamp is a versatile and easy-to-build tool that has a wide variety of uses in both woodworking and the construction industry.

Step 1

Inspect the fixed head and the tail stop of the pipe clamp set to ensure that the parts are not damaged. If you notice damage on either component, replace the part--a damaged part could cause the pipe clamp to fail under pressure.

Step 2

Wipe the threads of the 3/4-inch black pipe with a clean rag to remove debris from the threads that will interfere with the installation of the fixed head of the pipe clamp.

Step 3

Hold the fixed head in one hand and align the threaded end of the 3/4-inch black pipe with the female threads located within the fixed head and turn the 3/4-inch threaded pipe clockwise to secure the fixed head to the 3/4-inch threaded pipe.

Step 4

Pull the locking plates of the tail-stop toward the tail stop holding plate and slide the tail stop onto the 3/4-inch black pipe. Make sure that the holding plate is facing toward the plate on the fixed head.

Step 5

Open the adjustable wrench to fit the squared sides of the fixed head.

Step 6

Place the adjustable wrench on the squared sides of the fixed head and turn the fixed head clockwise to lock the fixed head onto the 3/4-inch black pipe.

Things You'll Need

  • Pipe clamp set
  • 3/4-inch black pipe with one end threaded
  • Clean rags
  • Adjustable wrench

References

  • NewWoodworker.com: Bessey "H" Series Pipe Clamps
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About this Author

C.L. Rease , based in Texas, has been a professional construction and outdoor writer since 2003. His articles have appeared in The News-Press, a local Southwest Florida newspaper and a small Southwest Florida fishing magazine. Rease served a four year apprenticeship to become a union sheet metal journeyman and earned a construction management degree from Florida State University.

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