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Sampling of WOOD's Top Tips, Part 2

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Pipe Clamp

Predictable pipe clamp pads

You can buy more expensive ones, but pipe clamps are still my "go-to" clamp for large glue-ups. But the Achilles heel of the pipe clamp has always been the challenge of keeping clamp pads in place while you position the jaws. While this task is bad enough for a lay-down glue-up, it's a real headache when gluing vertically. I finally solved the problem by creating the magnetic wooden pads shown.

To make a batch of pads, start by cutting out 2" squares of 1/4" plywood. Next, drill a 1/2" hole 1/8" deep in the center of each pad. In the hole, epoxy a 1/2" rare-earth magnet (item no. 30810, Rockler, 800-279-4441 or The pads cling to your clamps' jaws, and you can store them on any steel surface in your shop.

—Gordon English, Salt Spring Island, B.C.

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Comments (1)
michael.hodgson80 wrote:

remember to get polarity the correct way.

11/27/2013 05:21:57 PM Report Abuse

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