Kind and Gentle Clamp Jaws

Clamping up projects without sticking bumper boards between the clamps and the wood is easy, with this simple tip.

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Now you can clamp up projects without sticking bumper boards between the clamps and the wood. Buy a pack of 3M Surface Gard medium duty felt pads ($3 a pack at home centers, or call 800-3M-HELPS), and cut out pieces to cover the clamp faces (scuff the jaw surfaces with sandpaper first). The sticky-backed side of the pad tightly adheres to the jaws so the pad can’t slide when you crank up the pressure. Thanks to reader Harry Lohr for simplifying our glue-up tasks.

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