Quick Tip #2: Magnetic Clamp Pads

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Blog entry by Kent Shepherd posted 07-28-2016 03:54 PM 599 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I thought I would start offering quick woodworking tips, and try to do them more often. Running Shepherd Tool & Supply by myself can sometimes be a little overwhelming, but I really want to share some of my experience on a larger scale.

I was doing a glue-up the other day and became frustrated trying to protect the already sanded legs on a table base. The long side is about 60”, so I had trouble reaching both ends to keeps my scraps in place for pads. I managed to get it done but it wasn’t until I was unclamping the next day before it hit me. I had seen someone a while back using magnets in their pads to hold them in place. I cut up some small pads from leftover lumber in my shop and in minutes I came up with these.


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#1 posted 07-28-2016 04:14 PM

Have missed seeing you on Lumber Jocks, always enjoy seeing and learning form your posts. Such a simple answer to a problem we all have had. Thanks for sharing.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#2 posted 07-28-2016 04:28 PM

Another vote for “good to see you!”

Great tip, even if your shop helper looks totally unimpressed. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 07-28-2016 06:14 PM


How did you GLUE the magnets in place?
... I have had the problem of the magnet coming loose & sticking to where it was, leaving me with an empty piece of wood. :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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Kent Shepherd

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#4 posted 07-28-2016 07:02 PM

Joe, I used a drill bit just under the diameter of the magnet and hammered them in place. I have used epoxy in the past for things like this. I just ordered magnets to make some of these to market. They are pretty thin, so I will try epoxy on them.


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#5 posted 07-28-2016 08:17 PM

Great idea

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#6 posted 07-28-2016 11:24 PM

Good one Kent.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 07-29-2016 06:02 AM


Very good tip! I’ve never even thought of doing that before… with the smaller hole & hammer.

I have been getting them with a Hole in them so they can be screwed in place; brute force solution.

I’ve thought of gluing a thin piece of wood (like a veneer+) OVER the magnet! Another brute force solution… but have not done it yet… Would be a Mystery Block with magnetic properties… LOL

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#8 posted 07-30-2016 01:37 AM

Hello Ken my woodworking pal, good to see your still up to your old tricks, nice idea on the pads saver will implement asap!

A good source for earth magnet is harbor freight, and the pads are all over the shop lol….

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#9 posted 08-01-2016 05:04 PM

That is an excellent idea Kent. Keep them coming! BTW good to see you are still out there. I have always enjoyed your posts.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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