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How to Prevent Clamps from Damaging Wood

By: Joe Truini

If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, you’ll need lots of different clamps of various sizes and types.

The problem is most clamps don’t have protective pads on the jaws, and even if they came with protection originally, they often crack and fall off, you lose them, and then you have an edge that will damage the workpiece.

If you’re wondering why you need to protect the workpiece, take a look at this: Here’s a C-clamp, and you see the jaw damaged the wood. It made a depression right into the wood. You want to avoid that.

One way is to go out and buy felt peel-and-stick pads meant to go on the bottoms of furniture legs.

Just pop one off and peel off the protective backing; that exposes the adhesive.
Then just put it right on the clamp; it sticks right on.

Now, when you go to clamp something, you can clamp as hard as you want, and you’re not going to damage the wood.

Watch the video above to see Joe’s Simple Solution.


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How to Prevent Clamps from Damaging Wood