Gentle-Grip Pipe Clamps

Attach short pieces of 1/2-in. plywood to pipe clamp jaws to protect board edges from dings and dents while gluing.

The Family Handyman

Reader Robert Erwin clamped down on this great idea. Attach short pieces of 1/2-in. plywood to pipe clamp jaws to protect board edges from dings and dents while gluing. First, drill holes on the upper ends of the jaws so you can screw on the plywood pieces with No. 8 x 5/8-in. sheet metal screws. Then drill holes in the plywood 1/8 in. larger than the pipe diameter, slide the pieces on the pipes and screw the jaws to the plywood pieces with the sheet metal screws. Now you won’t be fumbling around with pieces of wood to stick between the boards and clamps—they’re permanently in place.

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