However, as my posts tend to be lengthy and "wordy" I thought I would just post a simple thought for today. (As the King says in the movie, "Mozart", "too many notes!)
In the past I posted my methods of vector clamping, and you can use the search box to find that. Today I was cutting some more clamping blocks and I thought that it might be interesting to some of you, as a kind of a "Shop Tricks" feature.
|I am not related to Dunn-Edwards!|
Whenever I visit the paint store for stains or paint, they always hand me a bunch of stir sticks. Even though I might actually need only one, they generously hand me a dozen or so. My first thought was, "Hey, they are cutting down the forest to make these, so be careful how many you give out!" But, as I approach my 7th decade on Earth, I am resigned to the fact that the majority of humans really don't think about how their actions might affect the rest of us.
|Quick and Simple|
So I take this handful of clean white wood sticks and cut them up at the band saw into small pieces. This wood is nice and soft, so it makes a perfect clamping pad for any clamp. I always keep a small box of them at the bench or wherever I do my clamping. They last for a long time and are free.
|Clamp pads in use|
Another trick is to take some thicker wood and cut it into small blocks with a "V" sawn on one side. Now, when you need to apply a clamp on the outside corner this "V" block provides a perfect clamping pad.
|"V" Clamp Blocks|
Just thought you would like to know.
|Works Every Time|