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Make a Stay-Put Clamp Pad

To avoid marring your finely sanded stock, each clamp surface needs a clamp pad (about $5 a pair in catalogs). Hardwood clamp blocks make an adequate substitute, but you may have trouble juggling them during the glue-up process.

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Comments (9)
Mark E. wrote:

I added wood pads to my vise with thin magnets from refrigerator advertisements. Stays in place and I can remove them if necessary.

9/30/2010 03:26:48 PM Report Abuse
woodhaug wrote:

I like the fact that you suggested feet on the bottom. I could see makeing them longer to allow qiuck clamps to be used in conjuction with the pipe clamp. For clamping ends of panels or cauls across panels. This would work great on a flat table I'll need to see how tall tall will work. Great Illustration hats off!

9/30/2010 09:56:13 AM Report Abuse
Doug B wrote:

I use the double sided tape as well. It's fast and easy.

11/10/2009 07:38:28 AM Report Abuse
maritimus wrote:

I use marine board plastic, or any other semi soft plastic. I cut a socket in it with a forstner bit the same size as the foot of the clamp. Prior to use, I compress the clamp onto the plastic piece. Voila! I have a removable clamping pad that generally stays with the clamp, and eases the hassel of handling a block while clamping. Phil du Pre, shipwright

11/9/2009 07:19:06 PM Report Abuse
Harry Whitney wrote:

I use a 3/4 inch round magnet in the blocks that I use. Then again two sided tape would be ok for one shot deal.

11/6/2009 06:27:09 PM Report Abuse
f.lutz wrote:

A magnet recessed and glued in the pad would work as well.

11/6/2009 10:49:29 AM Report Abuse
rdennison3909140 wrote:

I vote for a quick double-stick tape job. Bones1

11/5/2009 04:49:01 PM Report Abuse
It was Al B wrote:

This really looks like a great plan, but, I have to admit that I may try it with the double stick tape first, as suggested above.

11/5/2009 04:18:14 PM Report Abuse
cscemc_4 wrote:

Handy Idea. It sure beats trying to hold 2 pieces in place while trying to tighten the clamp.

11/5/2009 11:07:54 AM Report Abuse

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