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Bar Clamps From 2" x 4"s

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The next time you need a really long clamp, try this trick and you won’t need to rush right out to buy an expensive clamp or a longer piece of pipe for your pipe clamp.

Instead, cut a couple of 6” long pieces of 1/2 ” or 3/4 ” diameter black pipe (the size of your pipe clamps). Next, cut a 2” x 4” to the length you need. Bore a 4” deep hole in each end of your 2” x 4” that’s the same I.D. as the O.D. of the pipe used with your pipe clamps.

Insert the pipe into the holes (with clamp heads attached) and bore a 1/4 ” diameter hole through the 2” x 4” and the pipe. Insert a 1/4 ”-20 stove bolt through the hole to pin the pipe into the 2” x 4” and you’re ready to go to work.

To change clamp sizes, simply use the same clamp heads with a different length 2” x 4”. After all, 2” x 4”s are lots cheaper than pipe or any style of long, off-the-shelf clamp!

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