Published at Friday, September 14th 2018. by Anna Hull in Clamp.
Your supplier - Only reputable tool suppliers will get you genuine high quality bench clamps. You can buy your clamps directly from manufacturers if possible or their outlets, but you can also find reliable, trustworthy dealers offering the tools at good quality. Whether you are buying the bench clamps online or from your local supplier, ensure that you can trust in the quality of the product you are buying.
To use a pipe clamp, it is important to use proper measurements. First, take a measurement of the wood pieces that are to be glued together. Then, either find a pipe that is already the right size or cut a section of pipe to match this measurement, with about an extra foot. Metal or PVC pipe can be used because both are durable, you just need to ensure that one end of the pipe is threaded. Attach the static clamp to the non-threaded side and secure it in place, then attached the tightening clamp to the threaded end of the pipe. Size up the wood and make sure it is connected in the way you need to it to co me out in the end, and then slowly tighten the clamp down the threaded section until it is held together firmly. If you are working with multiple pipe clamps, it can be easier to tighten one side a little and then the other side a little more, incrementally increasing the hold on the wood until there is balanced pressure.
While it is true that gluing the pieces together does the same job of holding the pieces or fastening them together with a clamp, but what happens after you are done working with the piece and you need to detach the pieces? It would not be pleasant or easy to remove the glue and even if you manage to remove them, they might leave behind some sticky and stubborn residue which mars the beauty of the wood. Hence woodworkers appreciate clamps a lot and they understand their importance.
Once the wood is clamped into place, spread wood glue along the seal where the wood will need to connect at a joint. Spread the glue with your finger or a piece of card stock to ensure there is an even distribution and the glue won't cause warping while it cures. Follow the instructions for the glue about curing time, and then you can release the pipe clamps. If using more than one clamp, it is best to incrementally loosen pressure on each clamp as opposed to removing them one by one. If the curing process went smoothly and pressure was distributed correctly, the wood should be firmly connected.
A wise woodworker will always pick up extra clamps because these would always come in handy. They are available in various sizes and depending on your project or your needs you need to purchase the right size. It is amazing that something so useful is sold at inexpensive prices, so you should stock up on these if you are into woodworking. You can purchase these from tool auctions or you can visit your local store which sells woodworking tools and items.
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