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Pipe clamp rentals?

Probably going to sound cheap for asking this, but anyone know if they rent out pipe clamps?

I want to make a desktop that's 80"x35", and I figure I would need 7 or 8 clamps for the glue up?

I cant really think of any other time I would need to use clamps these big, so kind of want to avoid buying them.

Edit: sorry, should state that I'm in the GTA
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Buy and resell on Kijiji after you're done? Or buy used ones and count it as an investment. Or resell them again. Ask a friend/neighbour if they have??

Don't think places rent out hand tools or clamps to my knowledge.
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Not sure what kind of tools you have access to



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KennyX wrote: Probably going to sound cheap for asking this, but anyone know if they rent out pipe clamps?

I want to make a desktop that's 80"x35", and I figure I would need 7 or 8 clamps for the glue up?

I cant really think of any other time I would need to use clamps these big, so kind of want to avoid buying them.

Edit: sorry, should state that I'm in the GTA
Feel free to disregard this post if you're set on making it for enjoyment, however....

For stuff like this I would always recommend to go to the local Mill and get them to do it for you.

For a glueup like this, my local mill would charge under $100, this would include dressing the lumber, gluing it up, and planning the whole thing flat afterwards.

I assume you don't have the equipment to dress your own lumber, so you're probably either going to be paying a Mill a min charge of $35 to dress the lumber, or buying dressed lumber at a crazy inflated cost vs rough lumber.

This will also save you a ton of time smoothing out the joints and making the whole top flat afterwards.

Aside, pipe clamps aren't the greatest, and you will have to most likely build cauls as well, or at least need a ton of clamps to even out the pressure so it doesnt cup.
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SubjectivelyObjective wrote: Feel free to disregard this post if you're set on making it for enjoyment, however....

For stuff like this I would always recommend to go to the local Mill and get them to do it for you.

For a glueup like this, my local mill would charge under $100, this would include dressing the lumber, gluing it up, and planning the whole thing flat afterwards.

I assume you don't have the equipment to dress your own lumber, so you're probably either going to be paying a Mill a min charge of $35 to dress the lumber, or buying dressed lumber at a crazy inflated cost vs rough lumber.

This will also save you a ton of time smoothing out the joints and making the whole top flat afterwards.

Aside, pipe clamps aren't the greatest, and you will have to most likely build cauls as well, or at least need a ton of clamps to even out the pressure so it doesnt cup.
Thanks for the suggestion. But, yeah, I want to do this myself. Stopped working out back in 2017, and now that I've been working from home for the past year and a half, I kind of enjoy diy home improvement and woodworking.
And yes... will likely be paying extra for dressed lumber as I dont have a planer or jointer (yet!). For the clamps, I think Im just going to bite the bullet and buy them.
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KennyX wrote: Thanks for the suggestion. But, yeah, I want to do this myself. Stopped working out back in 2017, and now that I've been working from home for the past year and a half, I kind of enjoy diy home improvement and woodworking.
And yes... will likely be paying extra for dressed lumber as I dont have a planer or jointer (yet!). For the clamps, I think Im just going to bite the bullet and buy them.
Sounds good, in a lot of cases its usually cheaper to buy rough stuff and pay the shop rates for them to dress it for you, as opposed to buying the dressed stuff off the shelf.

In terms of jointing, do you have a plan for that yet? Dressed lumber won't really marry up perfectly, so I assume you have a table saw you can use that to joint, or just go with yee old Jack plane.
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SubjectivelyObjective wrote: Sounds good, in a lot of cases its usually cheaper to buy rough stuff and pay the shop rates for them to dress it for you, as opposed to buying the dressed stuff off the shelf.

In terms of jointing, do you have a plan for that yet? Dressed lumber won't really marry up perfectly, so I assume you have a table saw you can use that to joint, or just go with yee old Jack plane.
Yup... table saw. Process seems simple enough, get them as square as possible, glue up, clamp, router for the edges, sand, stain, and poly.
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KennyX wrote: Yup... table saw. Process seems simple enough, get them as square as possible, glue up, clamp, router for the edges, sand, stain, and poly.
It may SEEM simple enough, but getting an edge straight enough to glue up without visible cracks isn’t trivial. It depends on your OCD level.

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KennyX wrote: Yup... table saw. Process seems simple enough, get them as square as possible, glue up, clamp, router for the edges, sand, stain, and poly.
You can look it up on YouTube, but if you're doing it on a table saw just make sure to keep track of all your cuts, and do them so they are matching pairs each cut differently (alternating ways on the saw) to take into account the very small fraction of degrees your table saw blade may be out of 90.

Alternate your clamps top and bottom, and if you're a bit short on clamps, put additional pieces of hardwood on each end to spread out the pressure more.

Also, for a longer glue up like this, I would recommend making some hardwood cauls. You're boards will likely be marginally out of plane with each other, so you need to make them mate up in plane or you're going to be losing a lot of thickness.

Long story short, watch lots of youtube, and spend more time on jointing and getting all your boards to join up perfectly.

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