Here’s a way to get a better grip on a smooth wood clamp handle.

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Here's a way to get a better grip on a smooth wood clamp handle: Glue toothpicks around the diameter of the handle, slip a short length of heat-shrink tubing (available at most home centers) over them, and apply heat with a heat gun. This creates a knurled surface that gives a positive grip.
—Joel Nowland, West Point, Utah