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Pipe Clamp Pads

Photo I have a good-size collection of pipe clamps in my shop that I couldn’t get along without. Case assemblies, panel glueups, you name it, the pipe clamps provide the muscle to get it done. My only complaint is that sometimes they do their job too well, leaving the wood gouged or dented. This is not a good thing.

Drawing Well, I certainly couldn’t give up using the clamps, so I needed to come up with an easy way to protect the wood being clamped. My simple solution is shown in the photo and drawing at right. As you can see, I made a set of wood pads for the jaws of each clamp. The pads are made to slip over the pipe and their shape mimics the shape of the clamp jaws. Note: I did make the pads slightly larger than the jaw face. This helps distribute the clamping pressure and allows the clamps to stand “jaws down,” as shown in the photo.

Now my trusty pipe clamps are more valuable to me than ever.

Good Woodworking,

Ted Raife
Online Editor, Woodsmith

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