|Magnetic Clamp Pads
Whenever I use pipe clamps, I like to
place a block of wood between the clamp and my workpiece. This clamping pad
helps prevent damaging the surface of the wood. The problem is trying to hold
the block in place as you tighten the clamp.
To solve this, I made some magnetic clamp pads. Each pad is just a block of wood
with a shallow hole drilled in the center. Then I epoxied a small magnet into
the hole, as you can see in the drawing. The magnet holds the pad in place, leaving
me with both hands free to align and tighten the clamp on the workpiece.