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Forum topic by 1yeldud1 posted 08-05-2013 05:09 PM 1254 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-05-2013 05:09 PM

I have several bar type clamps and several “c” clamps that I use on wood working projects. I am looking for a way to pad the clamping surfaces for these projects. I purchased a sheet of tanned leather and stamped out 1 1/2 diameter circles that I tried to glue on the clamp faces. Some of these clamps had origional rubber faces that left oily spots on the wood. When I tried to use the tanned leather it also left a oily circle on my wood. I realize that I could use non tanned leather but i am wondering what the other lumber jocks use to pad the faces of their clamps to keep from marking the wood projects. Thanks for your input

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#1 posted 08-05-2013 05:12 PM

I usually just use a thin piece of wood as a pad for my C clamps.

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#2 posted 08-05-2013 05:16 PM

Pieces of 1/8 or 3/16 ply (drawer bottom 3-ply) attached with hotmelt glue.

Just cut a stack of 1- inch squares on the bandsaw

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#3 posted 08-05-2013 06:38 PM

I use small offcuts of hardwood.

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#4 posted 08-05-2013 07:52 PM

I use 1/2 inch melamine scrap from a previous project. I have seen where guys countersink a magnet and attach it with construction adhesive to the pad. The magnet holds the pad to the clamp. Gotta make me some.

I tried hot glue on the aluminum faced clamps but it didn’t hold up well and the pads came off.

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#5 posted 08-05-2013 08:31 PM

I use pieces of formica laminate. The samples at Lowes or HD are free, and they’re just the right size.

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#6 posted 08-05-2013 09:57 PM

Pieces of 1/2” baltic birch. Sounds like pieces of something solid is the way to go!!

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#7 posted 08-06-2013 01:43 AM

I use thin wooden squares (ply or solid). Just be sure the ‘pad’ materiel is softer stock than the wood to be clamped or you’ll leave a dent.

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