Pipe-clamp pads do double-duty
If you use pipe clamps, you know that when the black pipe touches glue squeeze-out, the steel and water can react and leave a nasty black stain on the wood. To prevent this, I used to insert plywood spacers between the workpieces and the pipe. But it was a challenge to balance and tighten the clamp while keeping the spacers from slipping. In some cases the scraps would slide into the squeeze-out and become glued to my workpieces.
I solved the problem with these simple pads. They employ small rare-earth magnets to hold onto the clamp jaws, leaving my hands free. The pads do double duty: Not only do they space the workpieces off the clamp bars, but they also protect the workpieces from being marred by the jaws.
Joe Weiss, Greene, NY
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