The Pipe Clamp
A pipe clamp is a type of clamp often used in woodwork crafts. It usually comprises one fixed and one adjustable clamp with moveable clutches fitted at the ends of a threaded pipe. The clamps come in different sizes and diameter which, of course, must be used in accordance with the diameter of piping. The length of the pipe determines the capacity of the clamp.
Uses Of A Pipe Clamp
In woodworking, it is often needed to join two or more things together. The pipe clamp is a common tool used for producing wide surface materials like table tops and cabinet components by gluing up several boards or lamination of wood.
Basic Instructions In The Operation Of A Pipe Clamp
First thing is to set up the pipe clamps. Slide both clamps at the both ends of the piping, one head screwed in place for holding the mechanism when the other is operated to fit the laminations. Two or more assemblies may be used especially for long laminations.
Next, put the clamps on a table with the pipes running across the table and the fittings sitting so that the jaws are upright. Place the laminations of wood to be joined on the pipes. Spread a thin layer of wood glue to the surfaces where the boards will be joined. Using your fingers is recommended to ensure an even amount of glue application. If there is more than one assembly of pipe clamps, tightening of clamps should be done slowly and alternately between each clamp so that pressure can be evenly distributed. Do a final tighten on each end when finished.
Things To Keep In Mind:
If a great length of wood is to be held together it is wise to use clamps on both sides of the wood. The pressure from both sides will lessen the tendency to warp during the curing time of the glue.
To avoid any staining of the wood from the pipe or gumming up the pipe on the clamp itself, place pieces of wax paper on the points at which the wood surface touches the pipe or where the glue will drip onto the pipe