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You need to weld two pipes together at a 90° angle, but it’s not as simple as it sounds. The junction of two perpendicular pipes is a saddle shape, not a simple flat cut. Previously, Toolmonger covered PipeMaster welding templates which adjusted to any angle intersection angle but were a little spendy. If you don’t need that kind of flexibility, you might be able to use one of TruCut’s Pipe Guides.

TruCut makes their reusable guides from 16 ga steel and gives them an industrial powder coat finish.  They sell six different guides:

* Saddle and 90° 2-7/8 pipe guide
* Saddle and 90° 2-3/8 pipe guide
* Saddle and 90° 1-7/8 pipe guide
* 45° and 22.5° 2-7/8 pipe guide
* 45° and 22.5° 2-3/8 pipe guide
* 45° and 22.5° 1-7/8 pipe guide

Only the saddle versions are intended for pipe-to-pipe joining — the 90°, 45°, and 22.5° guides are for joining a pipe to a flat surface. The corporate website lists all the guides at $17, but you can pick one up starting at $11 before shipping if you look around.

TruCut Guides [Corporate Site]
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7 Responses to TruCut Pipe Guides

  1. FredP says:

    I don’t know if this link has been here before, but this site will let you generate a template online for two pipes of any diameter meeting at any angle from 0 – 90 degrees. You just print it, cut it out, and then wrap around your pipes:


    They also sell software to generate templates for even more complicated pipe fitting scenarios.

  2. It was mentioned in the comments of the PipeMaster post. Another solution was also mentioned in those comments, but the link for the other solution is broken.

  3. dlone says:

    I just use a hole saw in my drill press to make a fishmouth cut in the pipe end.

  4. Bruce Caldwell says:

    You can find the same type pipe template program mentioned above at metalgeek.com . Also, the blog says only the saddle templates are for pipe to pipe joints while the miters are for flat surfaces. Not true. What about pipe to pipe miters?

  5. Shopmonger says:

    I would agree with Dlone, just use a hole saw, or for that matter cut and fit, and id doesn’t need to be perfect if you are welding with TIG or Stick or even mig for that matter, because most of the rod you should be using is higher strength that the pipe, and you can fill small voids. and the most important part is having some sort of jig to hold the pipes while welding, and then making sure you are not heating one side more that the other, so cooling is disperesed evenly to avoid heat warp.


  6. @Bruce Caldwell:

    All the sources I found really didn’t mention what the flat ends were for. I missed the pipe to pipe miters when I was trying to think of uses for them.

    Thanks for the catch.

  7. LBC says:

    A handy online tube miter program is located at:

    You input angle, tubing diameter, thicknesses. It prints out a full size pattern on your printer.

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