Clamps Clamps Clamps #2: Pads for track saw clamps - Festool & Dewalt types

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Blog entry by mafe posted 01-17-2022 05:22 AM 1278 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Pads for track saw clamps
Festool & Dewalt types.

Hi fellow wood nerds, big smile.

While I were in the clamp mood, I looked at my worktable clamp wall and wondered what I could improve.
Sometimes this is a fine way of thinking and learn or do new, not what do I need, but what can I improve.

I have often needed a few extra clamps and had to use the track saw clamps, when doing this, the sharp edge on the en end, makes them leave marks, if I don’t put something in between.
So lets make something in between…

Here the Dewalt type.
Made some plywood pieces and stared making rabbets.

Rabbet in the width of the clamp end and also am extra slot.

Rare earth magnet glued into the middle of the rabbet.

Cutting some protection pieces, for the pads, from cork put on double sided tape.

Cork mounted on the pads and pads sanded to the shape of the Dewalt pad.

Pad against pad.

The magnet, holds the pad in place.
Job done.

Same process for my Festool clamps, a rabbet and a slot, to fit the width of these.

This time I make some small backing pieces, instead of magnets, as the backs are not flat.

Gluing the backings on.

Clamping, while glue dries.
Here with Japanese brass clamps.

Cork mounted on the pads and pad shaped on the disc sander.
Now my Festool clamps can be used as regular clamps too.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, or to get more use of your clamps.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

5 comments so far

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#1 posted 01-17-2022 08:11 AM

Nice one, Mads.
I will make these.

-- The Farmer, Sweden

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woodshaver Tony C

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#2 posted 01-17-2022 01:13 PM

Looks like you solved the clamping dent problem Mads. I have meany clamps that need this modification!
Thanks for sharing your great idea!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 01-17-2022 06:09 PM

Really like the magnet idea!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

View Doug's profile


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#4 posted 01-17-2022 10:54 PM

Cool! Nice improvement. I agree with you that, often times, it seems like I need to just run out and buy something that I think I need when all I really need to do is to ponder how I can make what I have work. With the outrageous prices here in the US, I need to find much more economical solutions. By economical I basically mean free or extremely cheap.

-- Doug

View mafe's profile


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#5 posted 01-20-2022 10:04 AM


The farmer, Thanks, I hate to have tool hanging that are not being used fully and often need extra clamps, each time finding scrap wood, to put there and it never worked good, so next glue up will be with a smile. Worth making I think. Will also be useful when bringing my track saw out, then I just need to throw the pads in the tool box and they have a double function.

Woodshaver, You will be busy then, smiles. No they are quick to make, when doing a batch. Thank you Tony.

Lew, I’m a tool magnet my self, laughs. Thanks Lew.

Doug, I love to be able to use what I have, had a grandfather who were an expert in this. Also like new tools, but just if they get used. Thanks Dough.

Best thoughts to you all,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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