Two Ways to Prevent Clamp Marks: Felt Pads, Milk Caps
I always worry about marring the wood with my clamps during dry assembly or glue-up of a project. Rather than buying the costly custom pads available for most clamps, I purchased some hard-felt chair glides. They have self-adhesive backing and come in various sizes and shapes, so it's easy to find some that are just the right size for your clamps.
—Sonny Rains, Carbondale, Colo.
To keep C-clamps from marring project surfaces, I reuse the plastic caps found on milk jugs as pads. The caps, which normally aren't recycled with the jugs, are held in place with a dab of hotmelt glue.
—Jerry Pasley, Raleigh, N.C.